New York Intersections and Their Role in Motorcycle AccidentsNY/NJ Legal News
Just about any type of motor vehicle collision can take place in an intersection, including rear-end crashes, T-bone accidents, and head-on collisions. Data published by the Federal Highway Administration states that approximately 50 percent of all car accident-related injuries and around 25 percent of all car accident-related deaths can be credited to accidents that occurred at intersections. Motorcycle riders are particularly defenseless when making their way through intersections due to the fact that they are significantly smaller and consequently more difficult to see than a car or truck.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Take Place at Intersections?
There are several reasons why a significant portion of all traffic injuries and fatalities can be attributed to intersection accidents. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when crossing traffic because:
- Intersections are high-traffic areas, which means potholes, sand, gravel, erosion, debris, oil slicks, and puddles are common;
- Other drivers may not be in the habit of checking for smaller vehicles before traveling through an intersection;
- Some drivers regularly violate right-of-way laws, especially during rush hour when they are running late;
- Motorists often use stop signs and red lights to check their phones but keep using them even after continuing on their way; and
- Some motorists do not always use their turn signals or drive in a predictable manner.
What Are Common Injuries Caused by Intersection Accidents?
Many motorcycle crashes that happen at intersections occur at fairly low speeds; however, serious injuries are still likely because bikes provide no protection whatsoever from the force of impact. Injuries that can result include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Lacerations and road rash
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
How is Fault Established After an Accident at an Intersection?
Most intersection accidents occur due to driver negligence. You can prove the liable party violated the law by gathering:
- Witness testimony
- Photographs of the scene
- Any available surveillance footage
- Any available dash cam recordings;
- Police reports; and
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts.
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