About fifty thousand motorcycle riders are injured each year in the United States of America with two thousand riders killed as a result of motorcycle accidents.
Road rash, head injury, disfigurement, and injuries to the biker’s arms and legs are most common.
A severe head or brain injury is the most common cause of death after a motorcycle crash.
Always use all safety equipment such as helmets, gloves, eye protection, motorcycle jacket, and proper boots. Obey all traffic rules, be aware of what is going on around you, and practice safe defensive driving.
Get medical help by going to the hospital in an ambulance if you are injured. If the injury is less severe, go to an urgent care or to your primary doctor. Make sure to contact the police so a report of the incident can be made. Contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at F&A for a complete and thorough investigation into your accident.
Yes, injured motorcyclists in New York State may be able to obtain monetary compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The first question is who is at fault. If the motorcycle rider can prove the other vehicle was at fault, then he or she stands a strong chance of receiving compensation for their damages. There are many short deadlines and complex legal issues. Therefore it is best to speak with a New York motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
New York State has a law making it mandatory for all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. This includes motorcycle operators and passengers. Wearing a helmet will provide added safety protection and reduce the risk of serious injury or death. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study confirmed that of all the motorcycle riders killed in accidents that did not wear a helmet, nearly 40% of those deaths would not have occurred had they been wearing a safety helmet.
Yes, wearing a helmet will not prevent you from recovering compensation in a motorcycle accident case especially if you were not at fault. For example, a car that strikes a helmetless motorcycle rider in the rear will still be liable. However, the amount of damages received may be reduced by failure to wear a helmet which defendant’s will argue could have prevented the injuries.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident. Some of the most common types of accidents happen with other motorists fail to observe a motorcycle due to poor visibility, lack of attention, lane splitting or lane sharing, or other reasons. Defective roadway conditions and bad weather also play a role in motorcycle crashes.
Avoid dangerous activity such as tailgating vehicles or following too closely. Maintain safe speeds and obey the speed limits. New York State law requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet and for motorcycle headlights to be turned on at all times to improve visibility. The State of New York offers a safety program for motorcycle riders.
You can file an uninsured motorist (“UM”) claim against the motorcycle’s (your own) insurance. You should have a portion of your insurance marked as UM with policy limits for this type of coverage. A UM claim is usually resolved via arbitration.
You can receive compensation for different categories of damages including:
Past & Future Pain & Suffering
Medical Bills & Related Out of Pocket Expenses
Property Damage to your motorcycle
Cost of Future Medical Care including physical therapy, surgery, and others
Usually the car that makes the left turn will be at fault because there is a duty to observe traffic and not to begin turning unless it is safe to do so. If the car turning left had a left turn arrow then liability would be unclear but this would mean the motorcycle would have a red light.