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What to Do In Case Of a Motorcycle Accident – Talk to a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Summertime in Albany, NY is peak motorcycle season with bikers making the most of the beautiful weather. The reality of that, however, is that accidents can and do happen, especially in busy, crowded New York. According to the Department of Health, New York State:

• On average, 1,606 hospitalizations and 4,092 emergency room (ER) visits occur every year due motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries.

• There are, on average, 165 deaths due to motorcycle related accidents and injuries every year.

• The highest death rates occur for males and New Yorkers aged 20-24 years old.

And what’s worse, these statistics only refer to the motorcyclist. With two parties usually involved in an accident, we haven’t even begun to consider personal injuries related to secondary parties. It’s important that New Yorkers, and especially motorcyclists follow these safety tips and stay safe on our roads:

• Wear a helmet. This is a legal requirement under New York motorcycle law. In addition, wear protective motorcycle riding gear.

• Understand and maintain your bike – this will help you gain better control and operate it on the road.

• Keep your lights on at all times even during the day. Make sure you’re visible to all other road users.

• Signal before you turn direction. Check your mirrors constantly.

• Always search for and be aware of potential hazards.

These are general and basic road safety tips – but extremely important, especially for motorcyclists. If you’re involved in an auto accident, you are more vulnerable to serious injury than the driver sitting behind the wheel of a car.

And in the worst-case scenario, if you or a loved one has been in an accident, speak to a motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as possible. This will help ensure you don’t accept insufficient and unfair settlement offers from the insurance companies. As an experienced Albany personal injury law firm, The Harding Law Firm can represent you in an effort to get the compensation you may deserve.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, talk to a motorcycle injury lawyer and be confident that you have quality representation with the insurance companies and other involved parties. For professional advice and experienced service from a motorcycle injury lawyer - contact Charles Harding online or call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation.