In many areas across the country, the autumn season brings about much to be excited for. The leaves turn beautiful colors, the temperature is enjoyably cooler and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving provide ample opportunities to relax and spend time with family and friends. Despite all the good things that happen during the autumn season, it is certainly not without its risks. In fact, autumn is one of the most dangerous times of year for motorcycle accidents. Find out why below.
Common Motorcycle Hazards in the Fall
While autumn leaves are pretty to look at, they are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. Wet leaves can create an extremely slippery surface similar to ice, causing a motorcyclist to lose traction. Leaves also conceal other common road hazards such as potholes, which can cause serious damage to your bike such as cracking the wheel or harm your suspension. Because of these risks, it’s important to remain extra vigilant when riding. If you spot wet leaves, be sure to reduce your speed immediately. It’s also important to check your muffler (after it cools down) when you get home to make sure leaves aren’t inside of it.
Cooler weather is also another common autumn hazard for motorcyclists. As the nights get longer and the temperatures cooler, frost can form. Frost can accumulate on railroad crossings, elevated roadways and any other areas in which shade doesn’t allow the ice below it to melt. Motorcyclists can help mitigate their run-ins with frosty conditions by staying in the center of their lane and avoiding any areas of the road that are covered by trees.
Another common but surprising hazard for motorcyclists this time of year are deer. In New York, deer mating season stems from October to January. According to the Department of Transportation, there are approximately 60,000-70,000 deer-vehicle accidents that happen throughout the state every year. Many drivers may end up swerving into another lane or brake immediately in an effort to not collide with the deer, causing catastrophic injuries for other motorists nearby. It’s important to always keep a safe following distance from other vehicles around you in case the driver ahead of you stops suddenly for this very reason.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
As you can see, there are plenty of risks that come with riding your motorcycle during the autumn months. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to take the following steps to help you recover compensation:
- Call the police and alert them of the accident
- Seek medical attention and retain all medical bills and receipts associated with your care
- Exchange insurance and contact information with all other drives involved
- Write down any details of the accident, including the names and phone numbers of any witnesses, what time the accident occurred, the weather conditions, what you were doing and any other pertinent information you’ll need to file a personal injury claim
- Schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer
It’s also important to remember to not admit fault after an accident because determining it requires the knowledge and experience of an attorney. Maybe you didn’t realize that the driver who hit you was texting at the time of the accident or perhaps their vehicle malfunctioned due to a defect. Your attorney will investigate the details of your claim and talk with the insurance company to make sure that your rights as a motorcyclists are not only protected but advocated for. At Proner & Proner, we have decades of experience handling the most complex motorcycle accident claims. We’ve helped injured motorcyclists recover millions. Don’t delay in finding out what we can do for you.
Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case In New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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