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July 15, 2022 | Personal Injury

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents in New York City

Safety Tips for New York Motorcyclists and Other Drivers 

Studies show that motorcyclists are overrepresented in fatal traffic accidents throughout the country. Thousands of motorcycle operators die each year, many in preventable crashes. In order to protect yourself and others, you need to know what the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are and how you can help prevent them.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we fight for those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents throughout New York City. Our skilled legal team will help you understand your rights and work tirelessly to obtain the largest possible recovery in your case. 

We believe that you should never have to pay to find out if you have a valid claim. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our office at (718) 233-3913 for a FREE case consultation. There are no fees unless we win. 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle drivers are approximately 28x more likely to be killed in a traffic accident compared with passenger vehicle occupants. They are also around 4x more likely to be injured. The statistics present a stark reality. Motorcyclists are more likely to be hurt or killed compared to other people on the road. 

Leading causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Inattentive motorists
  • Inexperience
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to stop

In 2020, there were 5,579 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents across the United States. An estimated 36% of those involved in fatal accidents were riding without a valid motorcycle license. In New York City, the number was even higher. 

An executive summary by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) states that 43% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved an operator who was not properly licensed. The first thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to obtain the proper endorsement. 

Getting a Proper Motorcycle License in New York

New York residents must obtain a Class M or Class MJ driver's license in order to operate a motorcycle. To get the license, you must take a written test based on the NY State Motorcycle Operator’s Manual (MV-21MC)

As a result of the high number of motorcycle injuries and deaths, the state implemented a Motorcycle Safety Program. The program hopes to increase awareness for all drivers and promote rider education. 

The motorcycle manual suggests that operators:

  • Keep their bikes in good condition
  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Drive defensively
  • Obey the rules of the road 
  • Never drink and drive

If you plan to operate a motorcycle, you need to take precautions to ensure a safe ride. By following these and other traffic rules, you can help to ensure that you get to your destination without incident.

Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Were you a loved one injured in a motorcycle accident? The attorneys at Ajlouny Injury Law may be able to help. Contact our office at (718) 233-3913 for FREE legal advice. 

Let us help you determine if you have a valid claim for damages and how you should pursue compensation. Do not accept a settlement without calling our office. Your case could be worth millions! Call now to get started.

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