New York City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
Many New York residents enjoy riding motorcycles on a frequent basis, both for recreational and commuting purposes. Riders get to experience the freedom that a motorcycle provides on the open road and thrifty consumers enjoy the savings at the gas pump. However, riding a motorcycle is still an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious accidents.
The reality is that motorcycle riders have very little protection — especially when compared to a passenger vehicle. Motorcyclists do not have the frame of a vehicle to protect them in case of a collision, nor safety features such as seat belts or airbags. Aside from helmets and other minimal gear, motorcyclists have no real protection against a larger vehicle.
Don't wait to call The Perecman Firm if you’ve been injured. Our New York City motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help: (212) 577-9325.
What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident in New York
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may not be sure what to do next. Medical bills can pile up quickly and you may not be able to work and support your family while you recover from your injuries. If this is the case, and your injuries were caused by the negligence of another, then you may have a valid claim to seek compensation for your losses.
First, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the collision. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries and getting checked out as soon as possible after an accident can help you be sure that any injuries are identified and properly treated. Whether or not you are treated at the scene for any injuries, you want to make sure that the police are called to document the accident and collect contact information from the responsible party and any witnesses.
Next, you should schedule a free consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers to discuss your case.
Types of Damages You May Be Able to Recover
Compensation is a question on everyone’s mind after a motorcycle accident. Every case has to be evaluated based on the circumstances leading to the accident, the injuries involved, and the time you have missed from work. It is possible that you may be entitled to recover money from the person responsible for the accident for a variety of things, including:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost income or wages;
- Future lost earnings;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- And more.
Compensation in personal injury cases is not automatic. Our attorneys will help you understand what types of damages are available to you and will work to get you the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident.
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?
Every case is a different, and without knowing the facts of your particular case, it is difficult to say how long it will take to resolve your claim. Simple claims with limited medical expenses and straightforward liability can be resolved in several months. More complex cases can take years to resolve. So, the easiest way to get a handle on your particular timeline is to call our team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. to talk about the specifics of your motorcycle accident case.
And remember, it's important to be patient in the days and weeks following an accident.
If the insurance company is offering to pay for your injuries right away, you may be releasing the other driver from paying for any additional damages they are responsible for after the accident. A few days or weeks is not enough time to properly evaluate how you are doing physically, and even if you feel fine right now, it is possible that a more serious injury will crop up later. If you accept a check, you will be limited to that amount without any way to get compensated later on.
Establishing Negligence in Your Case
In order to establish negligence in a motorcycle accident case, you must first establish that the responsible party owed you a duty of care. All drivers on the roadway owe other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians a duty to drive safely and reasonably look out for others’ safety. Likewise, a vehicle or parts manufacturer has a duty to ensure the safety of consumers.
An injured party also must show that the party responsible for the accident breached that duty of care, that the responsible party caused the injuries at issue, and that the party actually sustained the injuries or losses. The good news is that the NYC motorcycle accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. can assist you in bringing such a claim.
Common claims stemming from motorcycle accidents may involve:
- Other drivers who cause accidents
- Motorcycle manufacturers who build defective motorcycles
- Parts manufacturers who produce defective parts
- Distributors who market and distribute defective motorcycles and parts
Understanding the Impact of Comparative Negligence
Comparative negligence looks at how much or to what extent each party contributed to an accident or a person’s injuries, and influences the amount of damages that can be recovered by the injured party. If you caused or contributed to your injuries, you can still recover compensation, but the damages will be reduced by your own percentage of fault.
For example, you are still entitled to bring a claim for your injuries even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. However, if you suffered any head injuries, the amount you are able to recover may be reduced due to comparative negligence.
Injured? We Can Help: (212) 577-9325.
Our NYC motorcycle accident lawyers have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you achieve a favorable outcome in your claim. When you reach out to our office, we begin by scheduling a free initial consultation to discuss your accident, injuries, and damages. From there, we can help you determine the next best legal step in your situation.
With our lead attorney’s 40+ years of experience, proven record of success, and award-winning counsel on your side, you can rest easier knowing your case is in reliable hands. Contact The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today for the help you need.
Ready to explore your legal options after a serious motorcycle accident? Start by calling (212) 577-9325 or filling out a free case evaluation form online.
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