New York State Motorcycle Accident Statistics

New York State Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

Advocating for Motorcycle Roadway Safety

Motorcycles are the ideal form of transportation in New York City, offering owners maneuverability, lower gas consumption and ease of parking. For many, riding is also a way of life, an opportunity to enjoy the open roads outside of the big city. Unfortunately, whether you are in the middle of the city or in the surrounding NY communities, you are placed at constant risk by negligent motorists, poor road conditions and negligent manufacturers.

Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. has more than 30 years of experience and our lawyers are considered experts in complex motorcycle wreck cases. Approximately 345,627 motorcycles were registered in New York in 2014 and you have as much right to be on the road as any motorists or truck driver. A New York City motorcycle accident attorney at our firm will recover money for you when negligent motorists or other entities cause you to crash and suffer serious injuries.

You are not just a statistic to our lawyers and staff. We truly care about your physical and financial recovery. We help you get the money you need to obtain the best care and live the best quality of life possible under the circumstances.

Motorcycle Crash Numbers

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports 5,190 motorcycles crashes in New York in 2013, killing 157 drivers, 9 motorcycle passengers and 5 pedestrians and resulting in injuries to 4,434 drivers, 456 passengers and 127 pedestrians, bicyclists and others. Of the total motorcycle crashes, almost half were considered serious to moderate.

The highest number of motorcycle crashes happened on the weekend. Men were the motorcycle operators more than five times as often as women and had a much higher rate of accidents, personal injuries and deaths. The 25 through 29-year-old age bracket accounted for 15 percent of the motorcycle crashes, making this the largest age group to be involved in a bike wreck and to be killed or injured as a result.

The primary reasons for the crashes included:

  • Driver distractions
  • Alcohol use
  • Driver inexperience
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Improper turn
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to yield

In many cases, motorists do not see motorcyclists, or simply do not look out for motorcyclists, as they have a duty to do. Distracted driving, failing to yield and not responsibly changing lanes can contribute to an accident if the biker is in the motorist’s “blind spot,” which is a misnomer if motorists obey the rules.

Learn More about Motorcycle Accident Recovery in New York City

Call Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806 for a free, no-risk assessment of your motorcycle wreck claim. We maintain offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains to assist you with your case. We handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, so you do not owe us money if we do not recover money for your motorcycle crash claim.

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