Motorcycle accidents and related injuries are decreasing in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, despite this decrease in overall numbers, motorcycle accidents account for thousands of injuries and fatalities each year.
There are a few reasons why people are so commonly and easily injured while driving or riding motorcycles. First, motorcycle drivers and passengers do not have the protection offered by a larger vehicle. Secondly, other vehicle drivers do not always pay attention and watch for motorcyclists on the roadway.
This problem has led to the development of organizations such as the Look Twice, Save a Life Foundation and others. Still, motorcycle accidents happen and may cause serious injuries or fatalities as a result.
If you have been injured or someone close to you has been killed in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers will offer experienced, dedicated, effective, and compassionate legal representation. Find out how a North Bellmore motorcycle accident lawyer can help you when you call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation.
Common Types of Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Serious injuries often result from motorcycle accidents, even for those wearing helmets and other protective gear and following all traffic laws.
Some common injuries that occur due to motorcycle accidents include:
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Injuries to the chest and neck
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and burns
- Scarring or disfigurement
Some people mistakenly believe that if their injuries are not extremely severe or catastrophic, they may not be able to pursue financial compensation. However, this is not necessarily true. You should not rule out filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit before speaking with a lawyer to determine your eligibility first.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving North Bellmore, call 516-932-0400
Motorcycle Accident Injury Cases
Whether you have been injured and want to pursue compensation to cover injury-related costs, or you lost a loved one and want to pursue a lawsuit on their behalf, both types of actions fall under personal injury law.
Personal injury cases hinge largely on two concepts: liability and negligence. A lawyer will be able to explain these concepts, how your case may be affected by them, and be your determined advocate through the process of filing a claim or lawsuit.
Liability and Negligence
First, it is important to determine who was at fault in the motorcycle accident and if that person can be held liable. If they are held liable, they will have to pay you damages, or compensation.
Liability is determined by the presence of negligence. That is, the courts will consider whether the other driver was acting in a way that was careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent toward others at the time of the accident.
If the other driver was being negligent and their actions led to the accident and caused your injuries, they will be considered liable and will be held legally and financially responsible for all the harm you’ve suffered because of your injuries.
Filing a Lawsuit
When it is time to file your lawsuit, you must make sure to file it by the deadline outlined in the state’s statute of limitations.
Your lawsuit will also have to take into account several factors, such as the liability and negligence already mentioned. New York uses the principle of comparative negligence for personal injury cases.
This means that any compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault that is found to be yours, according to New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §1411. However, you will still be able to recover damages, even if you were found to be partially at fault for the accident. A member of the legal team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will review this with you patiently and comprehensively and explain exactly how this will apply to your case.
Filing a motorcycle accident injury lawsuit can be a complex process for the average person. This is why it is best to consult with and retain a North Bellmore motorcycle accident lawyer. Call on Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 now to learn more.
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Compensation in an Injury Case
Compensation, or damages, in a motorcycle accident case depends on the extent of your injuries, or the pain and suffering/emotional anguish you experienced at the loss of your loved one. If you lost your loved one to the accident, we offer our deepest condolences. We will work hard to fight for compensation on your behalf.
At such a difficult time, figuring out all the ways an accident has affected your life can be a challenging task, which is why it is best to work with a lawyer on your case. A motorcycle accident lawyer will help you determine how an accident has affected your life, including estimating a value for the intangible effects, such as pain and suffering.
Damages you recover in an injury case can pay for medical care, missed time from work during recovery, and other items of damage. In a wrongful death case, loss of financial support from your loved one will be sought.
Reasons to Work with a North Bellmore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Working with a motorcycle accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to pursue your injury case affords you several advantages:
Updating You on Your Case
Our lawyers will make sure you know what is happening at all times and swiftly inform you of any changes or updates to help allay your fears and concerns.
Identifying the Liable Parties
We will immediately work to determine who is liable and build a case to support their liability by demonstrating their negligence and how it led to your injuries.
Communicating on Your Behalf
Communication is key during injury cases, and our lawyers will ensure you are never misrepresented during any communications with the opposing party, insurance companies, or other involved parties.
Evidence, such as documentation, is necessary for any case. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to make sure you have all the details needed to support your case.
Estimating Your Case’s Potential Value
One of your first questions will likely be about the worth of your case, and our lawyers could call on similar cases and expert witnesses to provide an educated estimate.
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Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for Help Today
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to you or your loved ones, so do not hesitate to find out about your legal options for recourse.
Reach out to Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 to connect with a representative and get started on your case.