Poughkeepsie Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
According to Dutchess County traffic safety ticket data reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, tickets issued for speeding, unlawful cell phone use and impaired driving have been issued at a fairly steady rate over the last several years, while tickets for failing to wear seat belts has actually declined. Over the same period, however, tickets issued for texting while driving in Dutchess County more than doubled. Texting while driving impacts all three aspects of distracted driving: visual (eyes off the road); physical (hands off the wheel); and cognitive (attention pulled away from driving).
Texting while driving is not only dangerous for the distracted driver, but for all others on the road as well. Those most in danger from distracted driving are motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, who are less likely to be noticed by a distracted driver. Over a hundred motorcycle accidents in Dutchess County occur every year, causing injury or death in almost every instance. At Ingber & Provost, our Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident lawyers work diligently to help Dutchess County motorcycle accident victims get the financial help they need to deal with medical expenses, time missed from work, and compensation for the pain and suffering or loss in quality of life they have had to endure.
Learn more below about the challenges faced by motorcycle accident victims, and call our Poughkeepsie office at 845-733-2720 for a free consultation if you need help recovering compensation after a Dutchess County motorcycle accident.
No PIP for New York Motorcycle Riders
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers motor vehicle drivers and provides them with reimbursement for medical expenses if they are hurt in a crash as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist. Unfortunately, New York’s no-fault law does not cover motorcyclists. Injured motorcycle riders must instead file a claim against the at-fault driver. This involves locating that driver, proving they were at fault and negligent, and being able to prove the extent of your injury to a judge, jury or insurance company. While crash injury victims may be able to file a no-fault claim without the help of an attorney, filing a liability claim with an insurance company or a negligence lawsuit in court requires the assistance of knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorneys in order to obtain a fair amount of compensation. Our Poughkeepsie personal injury lawyers have decades of experience litigating and settling injury cases in the Dutchess County courts, and we can help you too.
Common Causes of Poughkeepsie Motorcycle Accidents
- Making a left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Turning or changing lanes without checking blind spots first
- Crowding a motorcyclist off the road
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
Practice Safe Motorcycle Riding in Dutchess County
Although you cannot always protect yourself from a careless, aggressive or distracted driver, practicing the following safe riding tips may help prevent some of the motorcycle accidents that could otherwise occur, or help protect you when an accident can’t be avoided:
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet
- Always ride with your headlamp on, even during daylight hours
- Wear leathers or other protective clothing
- Be sure to signal turns and lane changes well in advance of the maneuver
- Allow room and distance between you and other vehicles on the road
- Drive defensively, and don’t let another driver’s aggressive driving get the better of you
Get Experienced Legal Help after a Serious Poughkeepsie Motorcycle Accident
If you wind up hurt in a motorcycle accident in Dutchess County, talk to a lawyer you can rely on to win a full and fair settlement from the insurance company on your behalf. Call Ingber & Provost at 845-733-2720 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Poughkeepsie personal injury lawyer.