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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to find a lawyer with strong experience representing other motorcyclists. The lawyers at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers are experienced in representing injured motorcycle riders and passengers.

Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcyclists travel the same roads as other drivers and follow many of the same regulations, they suffer disproportionate accidents and injuries in New York and across the United States. Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic both physically and emotionally. Nationwide, motorcycle accidents resulting in wrongful death account for more than 10 percent of traffic fatalities. Others injured may face long hospital stays and months of medical treatment.

What Compensation is Available to Motorcycle Accident Victims in New York?

If you are injured while riding a motorcycle and another driver is at fault, you may be entitled to damages for:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In New York, motorcyclists are not required to receive no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits under the law. This is one of the first and most basic types of benefits provided to car and bicycle accident victims, and they are provided regardless of fault. This absence of benefits and the severity of injuries motorcyclists often suffer make it critical to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately following a crash.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The majority of motorcycle accidents involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Drivers are accustomed to looking for other cars and trucks on the road but do not always watch out for motorcyclists in the same way. Accidents can result when drivers overcrowd motorcyclists, speed, or cross the vehicle lane. Drivers can injure a motorcyclist by crashing into their bike or operating negligently, causing a fall or crash, even if there is no contact with the motorcycle. Distracted driving, cell phone use, and texting by motorists also lead to many motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accidents are most often the result of the other driver’s negligence. Some of the most commonly-cited causes include:

  • Cutting off a motorcyclist at an intersection
  • Failure to yield
  • Following too closely
  • Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
  • Speeding
  • Distraction
  • Driving under the influence

Too many drivers are not paying proper attention and watching out for motorcyclists, who have as much right to the road as those in four-wheeled vehicles.

What to Do When You Have a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents often result in a rider leaving the scene in an ambulance. Suppose you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have not visited the hospital emergency room. In that case, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. The emergency room staff will evaluate you for broken bones, concussions, and internal injuries, as well as document your damages.

Should I Hire a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Yes, you should hire an experienced attorney if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. An attorney can review the facts of your case with you and explain your right to recover compensation for your injuries. If you have a potential claim, Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers can start to investigate and gather the evidence needed to prove your case.

We aggressively represent our clients. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will thoroughly review all the available motor vehicle insurance coverages, including the at-fault driver’s policy, as well as your own. We will gather the evidence to get you the maximum award.  Whatever led to your motorcycle crash, our attorneys will work closely with you and review your short- and long-term medical and financial needs.

To prevail in a motorcycle accident case, it’s necessary to show negligence on the other driver’s part. This means one has to prove the other motorist failed to use reasonable care in operating their vehicle. This failure caused the crash, and the collision resulted in the motorcyclist’s injuries or death.

Damages in Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits

Injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often severe. A person on a motorcycle simply has less protection than someone in a motor vehicle, even if the operator or rider is wearing a helmet. In addition, the impact between a motorcyclist and a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds often results in the motorcycle rider being ejected from the bike. Unfortunately, this results in the most severe injuries.

Among those injuries most often seen in motorcycle crashes are:

  • Road rash
  • Severe lacerations, bruising, and cuts
  • Facial injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Spinal cord injuries

Those who survive often require extensive medical care, including surgery, medication, and rehabilitation. In some cases, an injury may be disabling and permanent.

In addition to a rider’s hospital records, your attorney will want to initiate a complete medical evaluation by medical experts who will be prepared to testify regarding the short-term injuries and long-term prognosis.

At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, we will seek to pursue compensation, which will include:

  • Costs for medical bills (past and future)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Actual recovery will depend on the case’s facts and whether the motorcycle rider shared any percentage of the blame for the crash (called comparative fault). This will not bar recovery, but it might limit the total amount you can recover.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our team of lawyers in New York to discuss the facts of your case and how best to proceed.

A Motorcycle Accident can be emotionally and physically devastating. Michael J. Asta, Esq. is one of New York’s leading accident attorneys with over 500 Million Dollars recovered for clients and over 30 years fighting for New Yorkers like you. You can be confident that the legal team at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers is fully committed to winning the best possible results for our Motorcycle Injury clients and their families. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers at (212) 244-6555 or complete the contact form here on our website so we can help you. The consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis meaning there is no fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf, guaranteeing you’ll never come out of pocket.

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