Amherst, New York, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys of Amherst, New York

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Recognized as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, Will Fight on Behalf of Individuals Injured as a Result of Motorcycle Accidents in Amherst, New York.

Town of Amherst, New YorkYou may be surprised to learn that the town of Amherst, New York has a dedicated Motorcycle Unit. Amherst’s Motorcycle Unit works alongside the Traffic Bureau to assist with special events that would otherwise negatively affect the flow of traffic in the town. One of these events included the Ride for Roswell, one of the country’s largest cycling events. The maneuverability of motorcycles, especially on crowded streets during public events, makes them far more effective than traditional police vehicles. Unfortunately, all motorcycles, even those being used for public safety, come with a heightened risk of injury to their drivers if an accident occurs. Over a recent 10-year span, fatalities have consistently occurred in 25% of all motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accidents in Amherst, New York, and across the country commonly occur because they are improperly driven on inappropriate terrain or because they are driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When it comes to your safety, you should never settle for anything less than the best, and the same is true of your personal injury case. With over twenty years of experience as a personal injury attorney in Amherst, New York, Jed Dietrich, Esq. is someone with whom you can place your trust. He has won millions in verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a $2,200,000 settlement for a man injured by a drunk driver. If you require representation, call our office today at (716) 839-3939 or contact us online, and we will answer any questions you might have.

Illegal Motorcycle Paths

The very qualities that make motorcycles so exciting, like the freedom, maneuverability, and speed, seem to grant motorcyclists the license to drive anywhere. However, there are certain public paths that motorcycles cannot use. These pathways can include:

  1. Sidewalks: It is illegal for a motorcycle to drive or park on a sidewalk. Parking a motorcycle on a sidewalk could also result in a fine.
  2. Bike Lanes and Bike Paths: The bike lanes on the sides of public roadways are intended only for bicycles, not motorcycles. Bike paths and public trails are also not for motorcycle use.
  3. Dirtbike Trails: Dirtbike or ATV trails are not intended to be used by motorcycles. These are often uneven with hills and bumps and unsafe for motorcycle use.

Because motorcycles travel at fast speeds, they pose a risk to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Moving at a much slower pace, pedestrians and bicycles are unlikely to be able to avoid a collision with a motorcycle if one comes upon them too quickly. That is why sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails are reserved for methods of transportation that are unlikely to exceed 30 miles an hour. It should be noted that in Amherst, New York, and throughout New York State, motorcycles are allowed in State Parks like Amherst State Park under the condition that the wheels of the motorcycle have “an overall diameter of fewer than 15 inches, excluding the tire.” These vehicles should only be used on roads and parkways and are still not permitted on sidewalks, trails, or bike paths.



Motorcycle Use And Alcohol Consumption

Motorcycle helmetAs anyone who has completed a Driver’s Education course will know, alcohol impairs the body’s coordination and reaction time. In addition, it negatively affects the mind’s ability to make judgment calls. Therefore, even individuals who boast ‘high tolerance levels’ should never assume that it is safe to operate a motorcycle after consuming alcohol. In a single recent year, over 5,000 motor vehicle crashes were reported in Amherst, New York, according to reports from the Town of Amherst Traffic Bureau. In that same period, approximately more than 200 drivers were cited for driving while intoxicated. These statistics clearly illustrate the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

It is illegal to drive any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, as it is dangerous to the driver and anyone in their vicinity. To make matters worse, motorcycles require even more focus, balance, and effort than driving a car, meaning that the effects of alcohol can be even more detrimental. To learn more about drunk driving and alcohol-related accidents, click here. Despite the obvious negative correlation between drinking and driving, each year, there continues to be a shocking number of incidents. According to a statistic from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, a single recent year saw over 54,000 tickets issued for driving while intoxicated. In best-case scenarios driving while under the influence of alcohol results in a DWI, but at the worst, it leads to life-changing accidents, serious personal injuries, and sometimes death.

When a motorcycle accident results in a personal injury, it can often be a frightening and confusing time. Many are uncertain as to what they should do or where they should turn for help. With over twenty years of experience as a personal injury attorney in Amherst, New York, Jed Dietrich, Esq. is someone with whom you can place your trust. He and his team of top rated lawyers will fight on your behalf to obtain satisfaction in your motorcycle accident case. If you require representation, call us today at (716) 839-3939 or contact us online, and we will answer any questions you might have.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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