Bronx Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Your motorcycle represents an important part of your life. You use it for transportation, decreasing your gas costs. You use it for leisure. You love the feeling of freedom that comes from riding with the wind blowing around you.
Unfortunately, a motorcycle does not offer protection from the other vehicles around you. When you get in an accident with a larger vehicle, as a motorcycle rider, you may face serious injuries, especially at high rates of speed. Motorcycle riders face more serious hazards from other drivers due to their smaller size; many drivers fail to recognize the presence of a motorcycle, especially while changing lanes or making a turn. While you do your best to avoid accidents, you cannot always prevent the actions of other drivers.
If you suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, an attorney can help you seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Contact the bronx auto accident attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today to schedule your free consultation.
Jacoby & Meyers: Your Bronx Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we have worked with clients who suffered serious injuries in a variety of collisions, including motorcycle accidents. While our past results cannot guarantee future successes, the same team that worked on these claims will also help handle your motorcycle accident claim:
- $536,000 awarded to the victim of a motorcycle accident
- $525,000 to a motorcyclist T-boned in an accident
“I’d recommend Jacoby & Meyers to anyone in need of a great attorney and personal injury law firm.” -Ron S.
The Aftermath of Motorcycle Accidents: Common Injuries
Wearing protective gear, including helmets and protective clothing to help prevent the risk of road rash and burns, can make a big difference in a motorcycle accident. Wearing a helmet, for example, can decrease the risk of a serious head injury by as much as 69 percent. That does not mean, however, that motorcycle accident victims can walk away unscathed. In many cases, motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries, including injuries that can complicate the rest of the victim’s life.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Helmet use may decrease the risk of head injury, but it does not eliminate it entirely. In a motorcycle accident, the victim’s head often faces substantial force as it crashes directly into the vehicle responsible for the accident or into the street or an obstacle in the street. A traumatic brain injury often has serious implications for the victim:
- Loss of long-term memories
- Short-term memory problems, including difficulty remembering where the victim placed an object, why he walked into a room, or what someone just told him
- Mood swings
- Ringing in the ears
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Concentration and focus issues
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can linger. Even mild traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with symptoms that continue to impact daily life years after the accident. More serious injuries can leave the victim struggling for the rest of his life.
Spinal Cord Injury
Each year, approximately 17,700 people suffer spinal cord injury in serious accidents, many of those auto accidents. Spinal cord injuries frequently cause lifelong mobility concerns for their victims. Spinal cord injuries often restrict mobility below the site of the injury; that is, patients who suffer an injury low in the back may face paralysis from the waist down, while victims with damage closer to the neck may lose mobility in the hands and arms.
While victims with incomplete spinal cord damage may regain some mobility, especially in the first six months after the accident, victims with complete spinal cord damage may never recover much function in the impacted area.
For motorcycle riders, especially those who ride without substantial protection, road rash can pose a serious obstacle in the journey to recovery. Many victims with road rash have extensive abrasions across their bodies. Foreign matter, including dirt and debris from the road or fibers from the victim’s clothing, can contribute to infection in the affected area. Road rash may cause significant scarring that permanently alters the victim’s appearance or may require skin grafts to help repair the damage. Deep or extensive road rash can also leave scars that restrict mobility around joints.
In accidents, motorcycle riders suffer a high percentage of lower extremity injuries, including leg amputations. Losing a leg can cause an amputee to require a prosthesis to help increase mobility and independence. Riders who lose arms may also require prosthetic devices to increase overall independence. Amputations may occur due to direct trauma at the scene or some time after the accident as decreased blood flow causes the tissue in the impacted limb to die after crushing damage.
When a motorcycle is involved in a car accident, the car often strikes the rider’s lower body with extreme force. The rider may also lay the motorcycle over, either due to the force of the accident or in an attempt to avoid the accident. This places the weight of the motorcycle on top of the rider’s legs, which can result in broken bones. Broken bones may cause long-term mobility issues, especially with severe crushing damage due to the accident. The victim may also notice pain long after the injury heals.
Soft Tissue Damage
Torn ligaments and tendons occur frequently in motorcycle accidents, since the high degree of force can injure limbs directly or cause them to twist in directions they simply do not go under normal circumstances. Soft tissue damage can cause limitations after a motorcycle accident, preventing mobility or causing ongoing pain. Many people find that torn ligaments and tendons cause more long-term limitations to their physical activities than outright breaking a limb.
Seeking Compensation After Your Motorcycle Accident
When you suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may notice your medical bills increasing rapidly. You may need assistance paying for those bills. In New York, your personal injury protection insurance will take care of the first portion of your medical bills and even provide compensation for lost wages due to your accident.
In many cases, however, your motorcycle accident injuries may exceed the coverage offered by your personal injury protection insurance policy. When your policy does not cover your full cost, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the party that caused your accident.
Finding the Responsible Party
Many factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident. Normally, the person that caused the accident bears primary responsibility, and you will turn to that party’s insurance to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. In some cases, however, other factors may contribute to your motorcycle accident. You should speak with an attorney to identify all of these factors and file a personal injury claim against any responsible parties in your accident, since it can increase the compensation you receive.
- Mechanical failures. If a motorcycle tire blows out, you may struggle to control your vehicle at all. A motorcycle’s lighter size makes it much more difficult to control if the tire blows forcefully. Other mechanical failures may cause serious hazards on the road, especially with a motorcycle’s smaller size and lesser protection. Mechanical failures in vehicles around you can also lead to accidents before you have time to react. In some cases, mechanical failures may rest at the feet of the manufacturer; for example, if a tire blowout on a new tire that you did not overload or bounce across an obstacle in the road causes an accident, the tire manufacturer may share responsibility for the accident.
- Drunk drivers. While drunk drivers bear primary responsibility for making smart choices and staying off the road while inebriated, if a drunk driver overindulged at a bar or restaurant before getting on the road, that facility may bear some responsibility for your motorcycle accident.
- Professional drivers, like commercial truckers or rideshare drivers. Many companies, especially during busy seasons or around the holidays, may push their drivers to the limits, requiring them to drive too many hours or in dangerous conditions. If the company’s actions cause an unsafe driver to take to the road, ultimately causing an accident, that company may share liability for the accident.
Claiming Compensation: How Much Can You Expect After a Motorcycle Accident?
After a motorcycle accident, the compensation you receive will vary based on the insurance policy held by the responsible party. However, most people claim several common elements in their motorcycle accident claims.
Medical expenses. You may have significant medical expenses after your motorcycle accident. Even a minor collision will probably result in a trip to the emergency room. More severe injuries may result in mounting expenses. Consult with an attorney to gain a full understanding of both the current medical expenses you should include in your claim and the future medical expenses you may expect to face. You may want to include:
- Your initial visit to the emergency room, including ambulance transport if needed
- Scans and tests
- Follow-up appointments
- Treatment, including surgical treatment
- Durable medical equipment, including braces, crutches, and wheelchairs as well as items that may make your life easier, like a hospital bed at home
- Modifications to your home to accommodate your injuries
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy to help you relearn how to perform common tasks
- Psychological therapy, if needed to help you cope with your new limitations
Lost wages. In many cases, your motorcycle accident may make it difficult for you to return to work. Serious injuries may make it very difficult for you to complete your job responsibilities, especially if you require pain medications. Even after your initial return to work, you may need to miss time at work for:
- Follow-up appointments with your doctor
- Therapy appointments
- Future procedures
You may also need to make modifications to your schedule due to continuing pain or weakness following the accident. Once your lost wages combined with your medical expenses exceed the value of your personal injury protection policy, you may choose to include it as part of your personal injury claim.
Lost earning potential. In some cases, your injuries may prevent you from returning to work at all: if you suffer spinal cord injuries, for example, you might not have the capacity to return to a manual labor position, while if you suffer a traumatic brain injury, you might not longer have the ability to focus on desk work. If you file for lost earning potential, you may receive funds to help you return to school or seek certifications that can help you get a new job.
Pain and suffering. Your motorcycle accident may cause significant pain and suffering, including injuries that cause pain for the rest of your life. You may also find that you suffer extreme emotional and mental anguish as your injuries limit your hobbies and your social activities. You might, for example, have to give up riding your motorcycle or engaging in sports due to your injuries. Consult with your attorney to learn more about how to quantify and include your pain and suffering in your claim.
Motorcycle Injury Accident Statistics in Bronx, NY
Should You Take the Insurance Company’s Initial Settlement Offer?
After a motorcycle accident, many insurance companies will get in touch with you as soon as possible after the accident to issue a settlement offer. Often, however, that settlement offer reflects only a fraction of your medical bills and other expenses after the accident—and, therefore, only a fraction of the compensation you deserve. If you accept that offer, you relieve the insurance company of further financial obligation, which may prevent you from getting the funds you really deserve for your injuries.
Consult Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, before accepting that offer. We offer a free case evaluation to give you a better idea of the funds you should expect following a motorcycle accident.
Call Our Bronx Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
If you suffered serious injuries in a Bronx motorcycle accident, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, can help you seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries. We aggressively pursue compensation for our clients after a wide range of serious injuries, including motorcycle injuries.
Contact us today at (718) 294-0813 or send us a message using our confidential contact form to learn more about our services and to speak with an experienced member of our legal team. Our attorneys can help you defend your rights and maximize your compensation.
“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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