The main way that motorcycle accidents are different from car accidents is that motorcyclists involved in an accident are much more likely to be killed than passenger vehicle drivers and occupants.
How Will Hiring a Lawyer Help Me?
New York State has compulsory insurance laws. What this means is that whether you drive a car or motorcycle, you are legally required to carry insurance as per New York law. In this respect, motorcycle accidents are no different from car accidents. In both cases, you are able to:
- File an insurance claim with your own insurance carrier if you are injured in an accident with an at-fault driver who either had no insurance or, depending on the amount of your coverage, if that at-fault driver had inadequate coverage
- Make a claim or commence a lawsuit against the liable party to recover compensation from their insurance carrier
Services We Offer
Our law firm will help you by handling every detail of filing a claim or lawsuit. We can assess your case over the phone at no cost or obligation to you. Then, after you have hired an attorney from our team, we can ease your legal burden by handling all tasks associated with your case.
- Providing you with regular updates: We will let you know whenever a significant case development takes place.
- Identifying who you should sue: Even if the liable party’s identity seems obvious, it is helpful to have a lawyer confirm it and find out if there are other liable parties you should sue.
- Managing communications: The liable party’s insurance company might be reluctant to cooperate. One of our lawyers will talk to them on your behalf and negotiate an appropriate settlement.
- Gathering evidence: This could include police accident reports, medical records, expert testimony, and other evidence that corroborates your story.
- Quantifying your injuries: How has your injury impacted your ability to earn a living? What is your disability “worth” in dollars? Our team will figure it out. When called for, we will retain experts, such as economists, who will document the value of your losses.
We understand that you may be concerned about attorney fees. We will gladly discuss how our fees work before you hire an attorney from our firm. Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless and until you receive compensation.
You never have to worry about having to pay an out-of-pocket legal fee.
What Could I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident?
The types of injuries you sustained (e.g., temporary versus permanent, physical versus financial, etc.) will dictate both the types and amounts of compensation you can sue for.
Compensation For Non-Financial Damages
If you were injured physically and psychologically, you could recover non-economic damages. These damages include:
- Pain and suffering, i.e., the physical pain and emotional trauma inflicted by the accident and the resulting injuries. Pain and suffering can include:
- Physical and intellectual disability, i.e., the total or partial loss of an ability that you had before the accident
- Scarring, i.e., the painful, disabling, or appearance-altering scar tissue left by your injuries
- Loss of consortium, i.e., the ways your marriage has suffered because of your accident and the resulting injuries
Compensation For Financial Damages
If you experienced a loss of income or other money, you could recover economic damages. These damages include:
- Medical expenses, i.e., the money you spent or will spend to treat and improve your injuries
- Repair expenses, i.e., the money you spent or will spend to repair your motorcycle or buy a new one
- Loss of wages, i.e., the income and benefits that your injuries prevented you from earning
- Loss of employment, i.e., your injuries prevent you from going back to your old job or your chosen field
Compensation If You Lost a Loved One
Even more difficult than the injuries listed above is the loss of a loved one. If that is what has brought you to this page, we extend to you our sincere condolences.
A lawyer from our firm can make a wrongful death claim or file a lawsuit to recover your expenses. When you call our office, it will be our privilege to discuss all the details of your wrongful death case.
We consider it a privilege to represent the surviving family members of motorcycle accident wrongful death victims. We are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
What Else Should I Know About Motorcycle Accidents?
The lack of protection motorcycles offer makes them less safe than cars or trucks. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents are 27 times more likely to result in a fatality than a car accident.
The NHTSA states that there are many ways you can help counteract the risks associated with riding a motorcycle. These methods include:
- Checking your motorcycle (e.g., tires and brakes) before you leave
- Wearing a helmet and other protective clothing
- Paying attention to your surroundings
- Following all relevant traffic laws
- Driving defensively, anticipating that drivers of 4-wheel vehicles may not give you the respect and courtesy on the road that they should
Call Now For a Free Consultation With Someone On Our Team
Our team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., understands how motorcycle accidents are different from car accidents and what that could mean for a motorcycle accident victim’s personal injury case.
In the past, we have recovered millions of dollars for motorcycle accident victims. Now, we will help you fight for the best possible settlement. Call us at (516) 932-0400 for a free case evaluation. We can also help you in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada if preferred.