New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Were you or a loved one involved in a motorcycle accident in New York? Motorcycle accident injuries can be severe and have long-term consequences on your life. To ensure your rights are protected and you are compensated fairly and fully, contact an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer at Krause & Glassmith for a free consultation.
New York motorcycle accidents are serious occurrences. They can change the motorcyclist’s life in the blink of an eye. Head injuries, severed or crushed limbs, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Lifelong help, medical care, and specialized services could be required. And what if you can no longer work? Many families pay the ultimate price. They have to bury their loved one. You may have noticed that we haven’t even mentioned the expense of repairing or replacing the motorcycle or time off work for recovery or because you become disabled. If you’re a biker, you must consider what you’ll do if this ever happens to you. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer can help you and your family protect themselves against the often unscrupulous methods used by insurance companies and defendants who don’t want to compensate you for your injuries. We offer free consultations to bikers and their families.
Most Motorcyclists Aren’t the Cause of Accidents
There’s a common misconception that someone is automatically at fault or more likely to be at fault for a New York motorcycle accident. The truth is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and state statistics show that drivers of passenger vehicles (and commercial vehicles) are more likely to be at fault for a motorcycle accident. Bikers also face 35 times the risk of being involved in a fatal accident than drivers of other sorts of motor vehicles. This is because the biker is likely to make direct impact with the ground, other vehicles, and other fixed objects. Since motorcycles are smaller than other types of vehicles, what we might consider a minor impact in a car accident can result in serious property damage and bodily injuries with a motorcyclist. Other drivers don’t always pay attention to what’s going on around them. They may not notice that a motorcycle is in the lane they want to switch into. Sometimes, passenger vehicle drivers just don’t know or respect the law. They don’t think that they have to share the road with bikers. They may employ aggressive driving tactics that put bikers at serious risk of harm.
What Should You Do If You’re Involved in a New York Motorcycle Accident?
New York motorcycle accidents are serious incidents. Bikers should do what they can to take precautions and avoid an accident, but we also know that accidents can’t always be avoided. If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, take the following actions:
- Determine if you need emergency medical care. Hitting your head, even if you’re wearing a helmet, is serious. So are broken bones, crushed limbs, and neck and back injuries. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you don’t have a medical emergency, you should still get medical care as soon as you can. You could have serious internal injuries and not know it. Minor injuries can also be made worse without proper care.
- Call the police. The police will create an accident report that documents the motorcycle accident. They can also help you exchange information with the other involved driver. Get the report number from the responding officer so that you can get a copy of the report.
- If possible, take pictures of your motorcycle, the damage to the other vehicle (or the reason for the accident), and other photos that you think may be helpful to prove your case.
- Call us immediately to schedule your free consultation with an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer. We can help you with the insurance claim, deal with the insurance company and potential defendant(s) on your behalf, and make sure that you understand your legal rights and your options.
Is a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Really Necessary?
There are many people who think that hiring an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer is an unnecessary expense. After all, can’t you just file an insurance claim on your own? Well, of course you can. However, that doesn’t mean that the insurance company will treat you in a way that’s fair. They may pressure you into accepting a settlement that won’t even cover all of your bills associated with the accident. If you sign a settlement agreement, you could be getting less than your claim is worth and you could also be signing away your right to filing a lawsuit because of the accident. To learn more about how a New York motorcycle accident lawyer can help you and to schedule your free consultation, call us right now.