Differences Between Motorcycle Accidents and Car Accidents
Were you or someone you love injured in a motorcycle accident in New York? There are differences between motorcycle accidents and car accidents and how these types of cases are approached from a legal and medical standpoint. Watch this video to learn more.
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In New York, motorcycle accidents can sometimes be quite different from car accidents, especially in how your lawyer handles them. One of the most common misconceptions that people often have is that if you’re in a motorcycle accident it’s the same thing as a car accident. You have the same rights, and you get the same recovery, and you’re entitled to the same benefits. That’s not always true. In the state of New York, we have something called the no-fault law, also known as insurance law 5102(d).
The no-fault law gives protections to certain people who are in a car accident, whether you’re a pedestrian struck by a car or you’re involved in a two-car accident. In a motorcycle accident, motorcycles are often not given the protections of the no-fault law, whereas if you’re in a car accident, your medical bills and lost wages will be paid by the no-fault. That turns uncertain areas of law about who would be the no-fault provider, but nonetheless the no-fault.
In a motorcycle accident, you will often not be entitled to those benefits, so you’ll have to go out and seek the medical bills; you’ll have to go out and seek your lost wages from the entity who caused the accident. You will not always have these benefits of the no-fault law, so it’s important to have an attorney who understands this. That’s just one of the major ones, but there are other distinctions as well between your benefits and your entitlements, in terms of being involved when you’re operating a motorcycle in an accident versus if you’re involved in a car accident.
Were you or a loved one involved in a motor vehicle crash and have questions about the differences between motorcycle accidents and car accidents? Contact a New York motorcycle accident lawyer at Krause & Glassmith today for a free confidential consultation. Let our experience work for you.