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Motorcycle Accidents in NYC and Common Factors to Avoid


Posted on August 29, 2019 by

There’s nothing quite like riding a motorcycle through New York City and feeling experiencing the exhilaration of all the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. However, there’s no denying that riding a motorcycle comes with its fair share of risks and that motorcycle accidents are all too common in NYC.

Here is some information about motorcycle accidents in NYC and how to be safer when you’re riding one or driving next to one in the future.

Prevalence of Motorcycle Accidents in the New York

According to the New York State Department of Health, about 166 people die annually from motorcycle crashes in our state. Approximately 1,600 New Yorkers go to an emergency room each year because of motorcycle crashes, and motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely to die in crashes than people in passenger cars. The biggest factor in motorcycle crashes in New York is unsafe driving speed.

In New York City, the fatal crash rate is about 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city. Other factors that put NYC motorcycles at a disproportionate risk of death is operating a motorcycle without being properly licensed to operate it and alcohol use.

Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Even if a motorcyclist is fortunate to survive a motor vehicle collision, he or she is likely to suffer very severe injuries. Road rash is very common after an accident, as well as broken bones, burns, and bodily disfigurement. Severe accidents can also cause spinal cord injuries, limb amputations, brain injuries, and paralysis.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek immediate treatment for your injuries, call the police, and call a local motorcycle accident attorney.

Common Types of Motorcycle Collisions

Motorcycle accidents in NYC are most common on weekends and during afternoons and evenings. Most crashes here take place on city streets and not highways. They also most often involve passenger cars, rather than cyclists or pedestrians.

Based upon motorcycle registrations, Brooklyn and the Bronx have the highest rates of motorcycle fatalities – 6.0 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively.  The most commonly cited causes for motorcycle injury crashes in the city are overtaking, rear-ending, right angle movements, and left turns.

Safety Tips for Operating a Motorcycle

If you are a motorcycle rider, always wear the appropriate gear to prevent severe crash-related injuries, including a helmet, leather clothing, non-skid boots, and gloves. Follow all traffic rules, don’t weave in and out of lanes, be alert when you are riding, and never assume that other drivers can see you or are paying attention.

As the driver of a car, it is also your responsibility to be hyper-aware of motorcyclists in your vicinity. Practice the four-second rule, which means counting and leaving a four-second distance between your car and a motorcycle. Look carefully in all directions before turning, check blind spots frequently, and never cut off a motorcycle when you’re in a rush to get somewhere quickly.

Legal Help with Your NYC Motorcycle Accident

At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will help you get the justice you deserve after a motorcycle accident. We will provide you with a free legal consultation, and we are only paid if your case is successful. If we cannot get a satisfactory settlement with the insurance company, we are always prepared to take your case to trial.

Contact us or call us today at 718-237-5586 to discuss your potential case.

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Emergency Vehicle Accidents in Brooklyn


Posted on May 22, 2019 by

We rely upon emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars, to help us when we’re sick, injured, or in danger. When an emergency vehicle responds to an incident, it must often travel at speeds above the speed limit, weave in and out of traffic, and blow through traffic lights without stopping. While these driving practices may help save the life of a person being transported, they can also put other innocent drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians at risk.

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Dangerous Intersection Alert: How to Avoid Car Accidents in Brooklyn


Posted on May 15, 2019 by

In New York City, not all intersections are created equal, and some are far more accident-prone than others. Unfortunately, many of these problem spots are right here in Brooklyn. A recent Localize Labs study revealed the 20 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians and cyclists, and eight of them were right here in our borough.

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Protecting yourself from Hit and Run Injuries


Posted on January 30, 2017 by

In January 2017, New York City saw several hit and run fatalities. These included a pedestrian who was killed by an unknown motorist in Springfield Gardens in the early hours of New Year’s Day and multiple cases from Brooklyn, including the cases of Rafael Nieves of Williamsburg, Iosif Plazinskiy of Brighton Beach, and Marlon Palacios, the third of whom was struck and killed when he was traveling through East Flatbush to pick up his son from daycare.

Hit and run accidents, like other types of car accident, can result in serious injuries and even death for victims. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights and options for seeking compensation for your damages as soon as possible.

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Time Limit on How Long Scaffolding Can Remain in Place


Posted on January 27, 2017 by

When you are walking down the street in New York, you see a copious amount of scaffolding on the buildings. When buildings are repaired, scaffolding is put up to support work crews as well as shield pedestrians below from potential hazards like falling bricks and equipment and even exposure to dust particles from the work being done.

Sometimes, scaffolding remains in place for months, even years. This could change if a proposed bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos is passed, which would require scaffolding to be taken down within six months of being placed. Ideally, this would not only reduce the structures that many consider to be an eyesore, it would reduce the number of construction accidents suffered by pedestrians.

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New York City Construction Accidents on the Rise


Posted on August 24, 2016 by

With the increase of building and development throughout New York, it is no surprise that construction-related accidents and fatalities have been on the rise. But the alarming fact is that the upsurge in accidents and deaths far surpasses the rate of new construction, raising concerns about neglected safety safeguards across the state in multiple construction and demolition sites. If you have been injured and are disturbed about safety conditions, the construction accident lawyers at the office of Jeffrey K.Kestenbaum can help.

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Summer Driving Accidents

Summer Driving Accidents


Posted on July 25, 2016 by

Summer is here, and that means a lot more drivers are on the road! But there is nothing worse than an automobile accident to spoil your summer fun. Although an accident is never optimal; there are special circumstances that make summer driving unique:

• Many summer travelers are busy looking for locations on their travel agenda and may be unfamiliar with the area;
• Students are out of school and on the roads, many of whom are inexperienced drivers;
• Car engines and tires are under extra stress, and heat-related breakdowns are inevitable;
• Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are out and about, oftentimes with unpredictable actions;
• Heat-related factors may impact the number of emergency vehicles on the road.

Despite being on the lookout for danger signs, what happens if you do end up in a collision? This is when the experienced accident attorneys at the Brooklyn office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum can help.

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What to do After a Sidewalk or Stairwell Accident


Posted on July 19, 2016 by

Who doesn’t love going to a New York water park or beach on a hot summer day? But what if your fun in the sun is decimated with a fall on an uneven sidewalk? Or perhaps a fall on some stairs occurs because insufficient handrails are available. That’s when it’s time to call the experienced accident attorneys at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum.

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How to Settle Your New York Car Accident Claim


Posted on March 31, 2016 by

Almost 300,000  car crashes were reported in New York in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles website. Of those, more than 118,000 resulted in non-fatal injuries and over 180,000 caused property damage. New York drivers and passengers alike who have been involved in a car accident should learn about the state’s laws and insurance requirements because they affect property damage and injury claims that can be made and, should it come to litigation, settlement negotiations.

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Motorcycle Accident Causes & Legal Advice


Posted on March 21, 2016 by

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers NYC

Motorcycle accidents happen every day on U.S. roads and, although they may not occur more often than passenger vehicle collisions, there is a higher chance of serious injury or death. Motorcyclists have a higher likelihood of being involved in an accident. According to MedHelp.org, motorcycle accidents rank number 12 in the 25 most common causes of deaths. There are significant hurdles a plaintiff must overcome in order to be successful in a personal injury lawsuit involving a motorcycle crash. For this reason, it is important that after medical attention is received, a seasoned and aggressive Brooklyn personal injury attorney should be contacted right away.

How Motorcycle Accidents Happen

Some common causes of motorcycles accidents include:

  • Road hazards: dangerous road conditions are a much more serious threat to a motorcycle than a passenger vehicle, particularly because of the smaller size and less stability of a bike. Obstacles such as potholes, debris on the road, slick surfaces, uneven lanes, and other unexpected hindrances pose a serious threat to motorcyclists.
  • Cars making left-hand turns: possibly the most dangerous threat to the safety of motorcyclists, collisions resulting from a vehicle making this type of turn account for as much as 42 percent of all bike-related accidents. Generally, the passenger car collides when the motorcycle is passing the car, going straight through an intersection, or attempting to overtake a car.
  • Head-on collision: crashes that are caused by a head-on collision makeup more than half of all deaths involving motorcycles. Seventy-eight percent of these accidents are the result of the vehicle hitting the front of the motorcycle, as opposed to hitting a bike from behind, which results 5 percent of the time.
  • Lane-splitting: when a motorcyclists splits between lanes of stopped cars (or slowly moving traffic), an accident is likely to occur because there is less space for the bike to maneuver. State laws vary as to whether or not lane splitting is legal.
  • Speeding and/or alcohol: approximately half of all motorcycle-related collisions are caused by one or both of these factors. Because motorcycles do not provide the same protection as a passenger vehicle, death or serious injury is much more likely.

The Role of a Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer

Liability, or who is responsible for an accident, is not always obvious in a motorcycle incident. Generally, liability in personal injury cases is governed by negligence. The person bringing the lawsuit in court (the plaintiff) must prove that the other person (the defendant) was at fault (negligent) in order to recover damages (monetary compensation). Even if the plaintiff is able to prove negligence, in many states a defendant can dodge full liability by establishing someone else contributed to the crash.

Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents happen every day on our American roads, and there are several causes for these crashes. Beyond the damage resulting from a motorcycle accident, whether to the individuals’ persons or their property, establishing fault may not be so simple. The legal abilities of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you and your loved ones endure this difficult time. The Law Offices of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum represent greater New York and has a staff that is fully fluent in Spanish. Do not delay; click here or call (718) 237-5586 today to schedule your initial case evaluation.