Motorcyclists get excited this time of year in New York, as warmer temperatures bring "riding weather." Nothing makes you forget about winter faster than a cruise on the bike, but some of these rides end prematurely - in a wreck.
When a car driver hits a motorcyclist it is obvious that he or she will be responsible for the biker's injuries. This will likely involve insurance payouts and possibly a personal lawsuit. People are often confused, however, about the legal rights of an injured motorcycle passenger.
Ask people about the safety of motorcycles and you would often hear them described as "dangerous" or maybe hear the nickname "donorcycle." Even adventurous author Jack Kerouac refused to climb on one, referring to them as "murdercycles."
Regardless of the weather, spring has arrived and motorcycles will soon be a common fixture on New York City roads. Unfortunately, the start of the NYC motorcycle season usually starts with a rash of deaths and injuries. A dirt bike accident in the Bronx signals the beginning of this annual phenomenon.
Road rage is an everyday occurrence in New York City, but rarely does it amount to the profound harm recently suffered by two men on both sides of the altercation. A motorcycle helmet camera captured shocking video of a recent accident in upper Manhattan.
A 37-year-old woman is dead after a motorcycle accident on a Brooklyn highway. The victim was a passenger on a BMW motorcycle driven by a 42-year-old man when he lost control of the bike and struck the center median of the Belt Parkway. His passenger was ejected over the median where she collided with an oncoming taxi cab.
Because of their affordability, size and excellent gas mileage, the popularity of motorcycles is on the rise in New York City. However, the trend does bring concerns. Beginner motorcyclists are much more likely to crash than experienced riders. Also, many NYC motorists fail to keep an eye out for motorcycles.