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Motorcycle Accidents

46New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Helping Motorcycle Accident Victims across New York State.

As New York motorcycle accident attorneys, we know how catastrophic a motorcycle accident can be. Speeding, alcohol, or drug use, and disobeying traffic laws by either party, greatly increases the chances of a serious accident.

Many bikers take precautions to avoid accidents. However, too often the other driver’s mistakes cause serious accidents. Even when all safety measures have been made, there is no way to eliminate the risk, even for the most skilled bikers.

What’s worse is that so many bikers don’t know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Seeking motorcycle accident legal advice could be the best decision that a biker can make, after an accident.

We have New York attorneys on staff who ride motorcycles. They understand first hand how easily a motorcycle accident can happen and have seen the road through your eyes.

It is important for an experienced, qualified trial lawyer, who understands New York motorcycle accidents, to review your case. Our team has the resources and experience to fully evaluate your case and provide a complete analysis of your claim.

The attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped Rochester Motorcycle Accident victims, Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Victims, and accident victims across New York State.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and don’t know what to do, call Cellino & Barnes now at (800) 888-8888 or contact us.

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Motorcycle FAQ

How many people are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents?
Astonishingly, nearly 2,000 motorcyclists die each year and approximately 50,000 are injured.  Nearly 80% of all motorcycle accidents in the United States result in injury or death.

What it the main cause of death in these accidents?
Head injuries are the main cause of death among motorcyclists.  Unfortunately, there is no barrier between your head and the ground, other than your helmet.

How can I protect myself as a motorcyclist?
Ride defensively and be aware of your surroundings.  Also, obey the laws and follow the speed limit.  In addition to wearing a helmet, other safety gear, such as eye protection, gloves, appropriate footwear, leg guards and jackets can help reduce your risk of serious injury.

What should I do if I’m involved in an accident?
First, seek proper medical attention and make sure the authorities are notified.  Then you should contact Cellino & Barnes and allow us to start gathering information.  Motorcycle law can be complicated, but as with all accidents, there are steps you should follow at the accident scene.  Please check out our General Auto Questions.

What if a loved one has been killed in an accident?
In these unfortunate situations, a family member may be entitled to claim for wrongful death depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.


In 2004, there were 4,509 motorcycle accidents.  We have listed some of the statistics as reported by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles:

Severity of Accidents

Fatal Accidents144
Serious Accidents999
Moderate Accidents1,282
Minor Accidents 1,581
Unknown Severity96
Property Damage Accidents4

Type of Collision

Single Vehicle Accidents1,926
Two Vehicle Accidents2,392
Three or more Vehicle Accidents191

Top Ten Causes of Motorcycle Crashes with Human Factors

1.Unsafe Speed    714
2.Failure to Yield Right of Way665
3.Driver Inattention/Distraction544
4.Driver Inexperience358
5.Following Too Closely296
6.Improper Passing or Lane Usage  272
7.Reaction of Other Uninvolved Vehicle237
8.Turning Improperly185
9.Unsafe Lane Change163
10.Alcohol Involved 155

Top Five Causes of Motorcycle Accidents with Environmental Factors

1.Animal Action238
2.Slippery Pavement130
3.Obstruction/Debris in the Roadway 123
4.Limited/Obstructed View    85
5.Defective Pavement67

For more information on the statistics provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, visit their website at New York DMV Statistics.

Safety Tips

There are some things you can do to avoid becoming a motorcycle accident statistic:

  • Be as visible to other drivers as possible.  Keep your headlights on during the daytime, wear reflective gear, and equip your bike with a fairing or windshield.
  • Get proper training. Bikers who are well trained on how to ride and care for their bikes are less likely to be involved in Motorcycle Accidents.
  • Wear the right gear. Helmets for motorcyclists are like seatbelts for drivers. Wearing a helmet will reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury or death. Other safety gear includes eye protection, gloves, appropriate footwear, leg guards and jackets.
  • Ride Sober. Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.
  • Obey the Law. Don’t speed; know the local traffic laws and rules of the road.

Client Thanks

I would like to thank your firm for representing our family on behalf of my late husband. This whole process was, at times, difficult for us and sometimes painful. But, we were always in good hands as Brian and Maria are two of the hardest working and sincerest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They did a tremendous job.

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