Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in New City, NY
Providing Committed Legal Services to Injured Riders Throughout Rockland County
Motorcyclists probably get tired of being told again and again that they are hard to see on the roads. They must absolutely despise hearing that insurance companies will charge them higher rates and then, inevitably, be more reluctant to hear their claims. Motorcycle riders are often among the only motorists who can be blamed by others for an accident even when they did nothing to cause it. It’s unfair. And, after decades of seeing motorcycles on American roads, one would like to hope that things would be getting better. But sadly not.
In addition to all the previous points, motorcyclists also suffer worse injuries than motorists driving cars, trucks, vans, or buses. While a well-fitted helmet and gear could help save a rider’s life, some motorcycle accidents hurl their riders through the air like ragdolls. A helmet, leather jacket, and elbow pads can only do so much to protect a person from oncoming traffic, the unforgiving asphalt, or the cruel nature of gravity and physics.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident–or worse, if you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal crash–then you must take steps to pursue legal action and recover financial compensation.
At Greenspan & Greenspan, our New City motorcycle accident lawyers and associates have over thirty years of experience helping clients with accident claims. We are well-versed in guiding victims through the legal process while we communicate with insurance companies, gather important evidence, and build a case with the hopes of achieving the most satisfying outcome for our clients.
Are Motorcycle Accident Victims Held to a Different Standard in New York Than Those Who Suffered Injuries in Car Accidents?
While the state of New York works under “no-fault” insurance guidelines for car accidents, this same rule does not extend to victims of motorcycle accidents in the state. What this means is that the insurance company is not expected to pay the motorcyclist any money for injuries they suffered in an accident.
Please note, however, that the “no-fault” rule does apply to one instance of a motorcycle accident. In cases where a motorcyclist injures a pedestrian in a crash, your insurance company may help pay for injuries suffered by the pedestrian. However, even if the rider was injured just as severely or worse, the insurance company will not cover their injuries.
The reason for this, unfortunately, is that New York insurance companies view the risk of riding motorcycles to be needlessly high and thus have deemed their rider’s injuries unnecessary to cover.
The lack of “no-fault” insurance protection does not prevent a motorcyclist from seeking to hold an at-fault driver accountable financially, however. Schedule a free consultation with our legal team to discuss your options.
What Types of Injuries are Commonly Seen in Motorcycle Accidents?
The types of injuries that may be seen in a motorcycle accident victim depend greatly on the speed of the motorcycle, the speed and size of any other vehicle in the crash, and whether or not the motorcyclist was wearing adequate protective gear.
Common types of injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, bruises, and scars
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Loss of limb
- Neck, back, and spinal injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Severe emotional distress
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
In addition to causing temporary or prolonged pain and suffering, accident injuries may cause victims to miss work, leading to lost wages and an inability to support themselves financially.
How Can an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Your Case?
As a motorcyclist does not have the same insurance protection as other drivers on the road, they sadly have fewer methods of recourse if they choose to seek compensation following an accident. That’s why it is vitally important for an accident victim to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as their dedicated legal representative.
Our New City, NY lawyers will help you hold all responsible parties accountable for the negligent or reckless actions which led to your accident.
With our assistance in gathering evidence and then using that evidence in settlement negotiations, you could recover the maximum compensation to help pay for lost income or any outstanding medical expenses.
What is the Deadline for a Victim to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
While motorcycle riders are held to different standards than other motorists in many ways, they face the same statute of limitations when it comes to filing a claim following an accident.
If someone was injured in New City in the accident, there is a three-year deadline to file a claim.
If someone sadly lost their life in the accident, the deadline for filing a claim is two years in New York.
Contact Our Law Firm to Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Legal Team
It’s unfortunate, but the laws and policies of New York seem to be stacked against motorcycle owners, strongly favoring other car drivers or pedestrians. This may make it more difficult to obtain the compensation that goes towards paying for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, or lost wages. But it is by no means impossible.
Hire our legal team to represent your claim, and we will provide you with committed legal representation as we pursue the most satisfactory outcome for you and your case.
We serve clients across the state of New York and would be proud to offer you a free consultation so that we may discuss your case in more detail. Please call us at (845) 422-8060 or contact us online to schedule your confidential case evaluation.