If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident because of a careless driver or another negligent party, a Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will offer the legal support you need to seek compensation. You may be able to recover damages to address your accumulating medical debt or lost income from your inability to work because of your injuries.
Our team offers multiple services that can assist you and make a tremendous positive difference for you throughout this process, from compiling evidence to negotiating settlements. We also offer free initial consultations to motorcycle accident victims.
A Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Provides Several Services
After retaining a lawyer from our firm, you can rest assured that your case is in the hands of someone who cares. Our team will take over handling every legal detail, build a case for damages, and coordinate communication with all involved parties. You can reach out to your lawyer at any time for updates and answers to your questions.
Part of our goal is to help you avoid delays in your case because the deadline to file gets closer every day. The personal injury statute of limitations, as outlined under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214, is three years from the date of the incident. If you do not begin a lawsuit before this deadline, you lose your right to sue.
Tragically, some motorcycle accident cases have fatal consequences. If such a loss has led you to this page, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences. Even though you are dealing with grief, you must also be mindful of time limits.
Wrongful death cases carry their own two-year statute of limitations under Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1. We want you to know, we consider it a special privilege to represent the surviving family members of motorcycle accident wrongful death victims. We will not only relieve you of the burden and stress of tracking deadlines, but we will also fight relentlessly to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
Whether we are handling an injury case or a wrongful death case, If we are able to reach an appropriate settlement with the at-fault party’s insurer, the applicable filing deadline may not matter. However, it is important to protect your right to sue just in case settlement negotiations break down.
Damages You Can Recover
Recovering damages after a motorcycle accident requires proving that you sustained losses due to the at-fault driver’s negligent or malicious behavior. Compensable damages after a motorcycle collision most often include:
Your medical costs after a motorcycle accident may include:
- Emergency care
- Follow-up appointments
- Physical therapy
If your recovery is ongoing, medical experts can help us estimate how much it will cost you to make a full recovery.
Depending on the circumstances, you may start losing wages the moment the accident occurs. Your injuries could require a night in the hospital and even weeks, months, or longer of recovery at home, all of which, obviously, can greatly interfere with or completely shut down your ability to work. Our team can use paychecks and tax documents to explain how much money your injuries have kept you, and may continue to keep you from earning.
Lost Earning Capacity
If you lose your job or find yourself disabled, it can prevent you from making as much money as you once did. Comparing your current wages or lack of any current wages to your former wages will help us show your diminished earning capacity and calculate the income you will miss out on going forward. We may extend this formula until your anticipated age of retirement to calculate your lifetime loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
The pain you feel during recovery contributes to a diminished quality of life. A lawyer from our team will calculate the total value of your suffering based on your description of life after the accident, as well as medical records and reports that support conclusions about the extent to which you can or cannot make a full recovery.
Emotional distress also contributes to a diminished quality of life if you suffer from anxiety, depression, or other debilitating mental health conditions in the aftermath of your motorcycle collision.
If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, a family member or a representative of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek the compensatory damages listed above. Additionally, wrongful death damages can include burial expenses, estate costs, and lost familial support.
Determining Fault After Your Motorcycle Accident
After retaining a lawyer from our firm, we will work to understand every relevant detail of the circumstances of your accident. Drunk, distracted, aggressive, or drowsy drivers cause accidents every day. Combine this with the fact that motorcycles are often difficult to see, and the result is an increased chance of motorcycle collisions with severe injuries.
Other motorists are expected to drive safely, and those who make ill-advised decisions and fail to look out for motorcycles violate their duty of care. This is an important element of establishing negligence. The other elements of negligence include showing that the driver’s actions caused your collision and injuries, and you suffered financial damages as a result.
Our team will collect evidence during our investigation of the case to support your claim for damages. For example, the police report can offer critical evidence that proves the other driver at fault. It also establishes the date and time of the collision, which allows us to determine the filing deadline.
Pictures or videos of the accident scene can help reconstruct the accident and explain what occurred. If necessary, we will call on accident scene reconstruction specialists to assist us with this. Painting a virtual picture for the judge or jury, if your case goes to trial, makes it easier for everyone involved to see how the at-fault party clearly caused the accident.
Medical experts can also speak to your injuries sustained during the accident. They can explain to the court how the injuries occurred and how your injuries will affect your life and recovery. Eyewitnesses can also speak to the weather conditions at the time of the accident, the actions of other motorists, and any obstacles or debris that were on the road.
Call Our Attorneys for a Complimentary Consultation
After your motorcycle accident, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation—service is available in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada. Review your rights with a member of our team and find out if one of our Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyers can help you recover compensation and move forward with your life.