New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyers, The Sanders Firm knows how life-changing these tragic events can be for both riders and their loved ones. Victims often end up hospitalized and are frequently diagnosed with debilitating injuries. Medical costs can quickly become overwhelming, putting added financial strain on the injured.
By law, motorcycle riders have the same rights as drivers of motorized vehicles. Yet according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle and car accidents are among the top causes of personal injury in New York.
The Sanders Firm realizes that while no amount of money can ever truly erase one’s pain and suffering, successful litigation can relieve the monetary burdens caused by serious personal injury, lost income and disability. With assistance from our veteran team of medical consultants, accident recreation specialists and support staff, our New York car accident lawyers have secured significant settlements and verdicts for our clients over the past four decades.
If you have been harmed in motorcycle accident in NY and you suspect another’s negligence was the overriding factor, we encourage you to contact us for a free case evaluation to determine your rights for compensation under the law. Our goal is to take care of your financial and medical needs, so you can focus on your recovery.
Consequences of motorcycle accident injuries
At Sanders, we understand the unique dynamics and different mechanisms of injury in motorcycle accidents. Even with a helmet, bikers are more prone to experience traumatic injuries and suffer from long-term pain. Unlike a motorist, a biker isn’t protected by airbags or seat belts, and statistics show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than those in passenger cars.
Types of injuries that may result from a motorcycle accident include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Neck injuries
- Face injuries
- Disfigurement and scars
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Wrongful death
Injured motorcyclists may be eligible for compensation to cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other non-economic losses. To raise your odds of winning such compensation, however, you need an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney to represent you. Our legal team will always have your best interests in mind and will work hard to maximize the value of your case, especially when it comes to settlement offers.
Liability in a motorcycle accident in New York
As noted by the NHTSA review, many times, a motorcycle accident is not the fault of the rider. Third parties may be held liable for personal injuries or wrongful death if the evidence shows that the driver of a motor vehicle was at fault.
Sometimes the city may be at fault, if it is discovered that the location of the accident was poorly designed, contained visual obstructions, or was the site for many other accidents in the past. Even construction companies, if they created a road hazard by failing to consider the safety of motorcyclists, may be held liable in a car accident lawsuit in New York.
Multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts are awarded every year to motorcycle victims who suffered serious injuries and to families of victims who were killed by distracted drivers or other negligent parties.
What to do after a motorcycle accident
Statistics from the NY Department of Motor Vehicles show that nearly 6,000 motorcycle accidents were reported in 2012. Of these, 173 crashes resulted in fatalities.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident on New York’s city roads or state highways, we encourage you to take the following steps to preserve your chances of securing compensation against the responsible party:
- Report the accident to the police, even if you are unsure as to who was at fault
- Do not admit any wrongdoing
- See a doctor immediately after the crash and keep track of all medical records
- Notify your insurance company
- Speak with an attorney at The Sanders Firm as soon as possible
Coping with the consequences of a serious motorcycle accident can be extremely challenging both physically and emotionally for the victim and his family. The Sanders Firm is dedicated to achieving justice on behalf of injury victims. We are experts in New York’s No-Fault insurance law as well as underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage issues. We fight for the rights of our clients, doing whatever it takes to resolve the issues to their advantage.
Some of the benefits of having our attorneys on your side include:
- 24/7 access to a team of skilled, experienced lawyers who specialize in New York car accident litigation
- Preparation and filing of all legal documentation
- Handling all insurance claims and settlement negotiations
- Accomplished trial lawyers who are fully prepared to argue your case before a jury, should your case go to trial
Leading motorcycle accident lawyers in New York
Motorcycle accident victims should never have to shoulder the burden of another driver’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in New York, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, or Long Island, a no charge consultation with a lawyer at The Sanders Law Firm can help you determine the extent of your rights and whether you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York. You deserve only the highest caliber of legal representation.
To arrange your confidential case review, we invite you to call our offices toll-free: 1-800-Fair-Play (800-324-7752).
- New York DMV, Summary of Motorcycle Crashes 2012 http://dmv.ny.gov/sites/default/files/legacy_files/statistics/2012motorcycle.pdf
- NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, New York State Motorcycle Safety Program http://www.nysmsp.org/
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811856.pdf