Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are scary. It can frighten you to watch a bike get pulled under a car or slide across the road. When it comes to a collision between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, the motorcyclist is at a severe disadvantage. His or her vehicle lacks many of the same safety features that help protect other drivers. While most motorcyclists do their best to stay safe on the road, drivers of larger vehicles often take for granted just how much of a threat they pose to smaller bikes.
If you were injured in a Brooklyn motorcycle accident, talk to an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer right away. Contact the legal team of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, to schedule a free case evaluation.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our lawyers are dedicated to achieving the best results for our clients. Our legal team will fight aggressively for your rights to help you obtain maximum compensation. The value of your case will depend on a variety of factors, and it is impossible to predict what that value will be at the beginning of the case.
With over 40 years, our Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyers know how to get results:
- Long Island Motorcycle accident with a parked car: A motorcycle rider was driving his bike in Long Island when a truck moved into his lane, forcing the motorcyclist to change lanes. A driver in a parked car opened the car door into the path of the motorcyclist, resulting in a fractured tibia, fibula, and several broken toes. The driver of the parked car was found at fault, and the victim was awarded $536,000 in damages.
- Brooklyn driver runs stop signing, injuring motorcyclist: A driver in the Bronx ran a stop sign and T-boned our client. The other driver claimed his view was obstructed when he entered the intersection. The motorcyclist suffered a broken neck, facial fractures, and knee fractures. Our firm was able to settle the case for $525,000.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle drivers are at a higher risk for serious injury or death from an accident, simply because of the lack of protection such a vehicle provides. Motorcyclists face hazards that many other drivers don’t even think about. Because of this, it is important to know why accidents happen and how you can prevent them.
Some of the top causes for motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding: Speeding is a big problem for motorcycle riders and passenger vehicles. Excess speed by either driver can contribute to an accident. Speeding decreases a driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle and increases the amount of time it takes to stop. A speeding passenger vehicle can make it difficult for a motorcycle rider to accurately gauge how much time he or she has to turn or enter a roadway.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is one of the biggest dangers for motorcyclists. A motorcycle is no match for a 4,000-pound passenger vehicle. When a driver is distracted by his or her phone, radio, or something else, he or she may not see a nearby motorcyclist.
- Following too close: Drivers of passenger vehicles far too often underestimate the amount of space they should leave between their vehicle and a motorcycle. If a car gets too close or the motorcycle suddenly stops, the bike can get dragged under the larger vehicle.
- Driving under the influence: Drunk driving diminishes a driver’s ability to process information around them and make good decisions. It can also influence a driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle. In 2017, there were over 10,000 traffic fatalities in the United States involving a drunk driver.
- Poor road conditions: Motorcycles can’t respond to hazards in the same way that larger vehicles can. Potholes, gravel, or changes in road conditions can create unsafe conditions for motorcyclists.
- Failure to yield the right of way: Failure to yield accidents are far too common. These accidents usually happen at intersections. An accident can occur when a driver runs a red light or stop sign, or when he or she turns in front of an approaching motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics in Brooklyn, NY
According to the New York State Department of Health, motorcyclists are approximately 37 times more likely to be involved in an accident than passengers of other vehicles. While not all accidents are fatal, motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries. The Department of Health reports that approximately 1,600 New York residents are treated at the hospital every year for injuries related to a motorcycle accident. Injuries will vary by the type and severity of the accident, but common injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head injury is the leading cause of serious injury and death in motorcycle accidents. Traumatic brain injuries occur as a result of a strong blow to the head or a penetrating wound. These injuries can happen when the head hits the pavement, vehicle, or another object. The likelihood of a traumatic brain injury is much higher for riders not wearing a helmet.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not appear right away. Common symptoms include:
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not appear right away. Common symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory issues
- Change in mood or sleeping habits
A traumatic brain injury is an emergency medical condition. If you suspect a TBI, seek medical attention immediately. As a precaution, get examined any time you hit your head.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can lead to permanent paralysis. The cord does not have to be severed completely for a person to suffer paralysis. In fact, most injuries happen because of swelling or bruising. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, contributing to almost half of all new spinal cord injuries every year. Like traumatic brain injuries, symptoms may not always be immediately apparent.
Common symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Extreme back pain
- Loss of sensation or movement
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty walking
Broken bones are common in any accident, including motorcycle accidents. Our bones are designed to sustain some force, but not the amount that a collision with a car or road can have on the body. Depending on the type of crash, a bone may sustain a small fracture or completely shatter. Broken bones can take several weeks to several months to heal. Your doctor may use a cast or perform surgery to fix the break. In many cases, pain can persist years beyond the actual injury.
Road rash is a term that describes the severe skin lacerations sustained from the road or another surface during a motorcycle or other accident. When unprotected skin rubs against a hard surface, the skin can break and become inflamed. These injuries often leading to secondary issues, including:
- Broken bones
- Loss of function
While some road rash injuries can be treated at home, it is always a good idea to see a doctor.
Sprains and Strains
Strains and sprains happen when the force of an accident stretches or tears the muscles or tendons. While these are minor injuries compared to some of the other possible injuries, sprains and strains can still cause significant pain. In some cases, the pain may persist and require medical treatment. Treatment options may include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Cold or heat treatment
- Pain medication
Mental Health Issues
Accidents can be scary. Even minor accidents can make you feel out of control or anxious. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people suffers from some sort of mental health disorder. After a motorcycle accident, this may include depression, anxiety, or depression. A severe traumatic brain injury can even cause bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Treatment options for mental health issues usually include behavioral therapy and/or medication.
Recovering Damages After a Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The law allows accident victims to seek damages when their injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence. Possible damages will depend on the specifics of your case, but may include:
- Medical bills, including medical transportation, doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
- Lost wages, to cover the time missed at work. If you are unable to return to work, we can help you seek compensation for future wages.
- Pain and suffering, to cover the physical and emotional pain of an injury including actual physical pain, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
- Loss of enjoyment, when you are unable to do the activities you enjoyed before your injuries.
- Loss of companionship, when your injuries interfere with your emotional, physical, or familial relationships.
When it comes to recovering damages, you need to know who’s liable. Generally, fault will lie with the other driver, but there may be other parties involved, as well. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you identify the responsible parties.
Outside of the other driver, liable parties may include:
- Third-party drivers: Did the driver swerve into your lane because the driver in front of them slammed on their brakes? Was the driver that hit you hit from behind first? If there was another driver who contributed to the accident, they may hold some financial responsibility.
- The government: Claims against the government are difficult to prove, but not impossible. State and local jurisdictions have a responsibility to maintain safe roadways. If unsafe conditions led to your injury, you may have a case.
- A company or corporation: Was the other driver on the job? Were you hit by a commercial vehicle? In these cases, the driver and his or her employer may be responsible.
- The bike manufacturer: Sometimes bikes fail. When a part fails despite regular maintenance, it’s important to see if there were any recalls or manufacturer defects.
Protecting Yourself on the Road
You can’t prevent all accidents. But you can take steps to keep yourself safe. As a motorcyclist, your safety should always be your number one priority.
- Be smart: Poor decisions can have devastating consequences. Every time you get on the road, each decision you make is important. As a motorcyclist, do not share the lane with another rider. Avoid excessive speed, and don’t ride between lanes.
- Wear protection: One of the best ways to protect yourself is to wear proper protective equipment. This includes a helmet and body protection.
- Look twice: It is always best practice to take a second look before crossing an intersection. Be particularly careful around commercial driveways and anywhere a driver may have difficulty seeing you.
- Be seen: Motorcycles are harder to see than passenger vehicles. This is especially true for vehicles with large blind spots. Take precautions to make sure other drivers can see you. Use your headlights, wear bright colors, and avoid driving in a vehicle’s blind spots.
Jacoby & Meyers: We Are on Your Side
After an accident, the only thing you should have to focus on is your recovery, but this can be hard when you are faced with mounting medical bills and missed time at work. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our job is to handle all the legal and financial logistics, so you can focus on getting better. Our Bronx office is located at 656 East Fordham Road Bronx, NY, 10458.
If you sustained an injury in a motorcycle accident, taking prompt legal action to protect your rights can help you achieve the best results. Contact our Bronx office at (877)-565-2993 or write to us online to speak with a member of our legal team.
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“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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