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Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on July 2nd, 2011

Brain Injuries Commonplace in Motorcycle Accidents in New York

According to national statistics, nearly 4 percent of all motorcycle accidents are fatal. Furthermore, about 92 percent of all motorcycle accidents that occur in the U.S. each year result in some sort of injury to the driver.


Face it. When an accident involves a car and a motorcycle, the motorcycle almost always loses. And while motorcycle accidents happen for a number of reasons, including poor driving or vehicle defects, the overall disregard of other drivers for those on a motorcycle puts bikers at increased risk for injury, no matter how many years they’ve been riding.


New York personal injury attorney, Harley Fastman sees these cases frequently. Because bikers are so much more exposed than those who are driving a car, even non-fatal injuries can be extremely serious and life-changing. As a matter of fact, one of the most life-altering results of a motorcycle accident is traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury is quite common among bikers involved in accidents, especially those who choose not to wear a helmet.


New York motorcycle accident attorney Harley Fastman sees the sobering statistics when confronted with such accident cases, and though the helmet/no helmet argument has gone on for decades, the facts point to plenty of evidence that motorcycle drivers who wear helmets are less likely to suffer severe trauma to the head. But, say doctors, even those who wear helmets often sustain non-penetrative injury to the front of the head, which houses the area of the brain responsible for speech and other higher functions.


In order to lessen the chance of an accident, The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), endeavors to help motorcyclists deal with the overwhelming number of cars and trucks on today’s roads, and, in turn, offers guidelines to drivers of cars and trucks in regards to sharing the road with bikers.


In a document entitled “Ten Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know about Motorcycles”, the MSF points out that most drivers don’t “recognize” motorcycles, though their lack of attention to the vehicles is usually unintentional. Instead, because motorcycles are small, they often look further away than they are or become hidden in a car’s so-called blind spots. Improper following distance is also a concern, especially on New York’s busy highways, says Fastman, who practices accident cases in most Greater New York City locales including Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Westchester, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.


In addition to TBI, bikers involved in accidents often require long-term care for other such life-altering injuries as spinal cord damage, amputation, and multiple broken bones. Indeed, Fastman notes, in his New York personal injury law firm he has seen plenty of incidences of severe trauma suffered by motorcyclists who’ve had run-ins with much larger vehicles. Hence, one of his major focuses is to assist victims and their families by helping them gain compensation for excessive medical bills and other expenses.


Though it’s tough to move forward after a serious accident, filing a lawsuit for compensation can help lessen the burden for everyone involved. For more information about the legal rights of a motorcycle accident victim, call 516-437-7300 or fill out the ONLINE CASE REVIEW FORM.