A Corning Motorcycle Accident Attorney Discusses the Dangers Faced by Riders

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to be some of the most catastrophic accidents on our Corning roadways. Given the significantly smaller size of a motorcycle, these accidents typically result in serious, life-altering injuries, and sometimes even death. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or if a loved one was killed, a Corning motorcycle accident attorney at Proudfoot Law Firm can help you move forward and understand your legal rights.

The Dangers of Motorcycle Riding in Corning

Motorcycles are uncommonly dangerous for two main reasons:

  1. Motorcycles are hard for other drivers to see in traffic. They present a particularly narrow profile, and they are especially vulnerable when they pass into another vehicle’s blind spots, often because most other drivers have adjusted their rearview mirrors to see other vehicles, not motorcycles.
  2. When riders are involved in an accident, they have very little, if any, protection. All other types of motor vehicles have a metal shell around them and if they’re wearing seatbelts in accordance with the law, they are protected in all but the most serious accidents. Motorcycle riders have only some hopefully thick clothing and a helmet. Under New York State law, all motorcyclists and their passengers are required to wear helmets regardless of age or experience level. The law also requires that helmets meet the standards outlined in section 571.218 of federal motor vehicle safety rules.

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents?

Most motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence on the part of another vehicle driver rather than anything the rider has done wrong. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents are caused by:

  • A distracted driver swerving into a motorcycle’s traveling lane with little or no warning
  • A driver failing to see a motorcycle and cuts them off, again with little or no warning
  • A driver suddenly stopping when traveling at a high rate of speed on the highway
  • Impaired, drowsy, or distracted driving and riding by either party
  • Speeding by either party
  • Limitations in visibility, which affects both parties
  • Inclement weather, which affects both parties
  • Road defects or unusual conditions such as construction zones, potholes, sharp turns, or uneven surfaces
  • The failure of a motorcycle part while in use

How a Corning Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help After an Accident

After an accident, negotiations with insurance companies and defense attorneys are the last thing you should be focusing on. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not have your best interests in mind. They may deny or delay your claim, or try to lure you into an undervalued settlement with the promise of quick money. You need an attorney to be on your side and your side only. A Corning motorcycle accident attorney at Proudfoot Law Firm can handle all aspects of your legal claim for you. Together our award-winning team will:

  • Perform an independent and thorough investigation into the accident to determine the cause.
  • Work with proven and experienced accident reconstruction experts.
  • Work with medical and financial experts to create an insurance demand that fully accounts for all your injuries, including any injuries that have long-term consequences or are not immediately symptomatic.
  • Handle all of the procedural requirements and paperwork required by the insurance company or court.
  • File all of your claims.
  • Represent you to any insurance companies and defense lawyers and negotiate on your behalf.
  • If the opposing parties will not offer you a favorable settlement, we will take them to trial and advocate for you aggressively and efficiently.

Contact a Corning Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Proudfoot Law Firm For Help Today

There is simply no way to guarantee safety for motorcycle riders. However, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries or damage to your bike. Contact a Corning motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free consultation if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident.