Queens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents can be terrifying, especially if they involve you or someone you love. After a motorcycle accident, your first concern should be whether anyone involved in the accident was injured and how to quickly secure medical treatment. Once these immediate needs are met, your mind may turn to how you will manage the short- and long-term financial and medical implications the accident will have on your life.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve to secure a recovery for any injuries you received and any damage to your property that resulted from the accident. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, is a full-service law firm with experienced Queens personal injury lawyers. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation to understand how Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, can help you secure compensation for your injuries.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, Has Deep Expertise
- A $536,000 verdict in Long Island City for our client, a motorcycle driver who sustained significant injuries due to the negligence of another party; and
- A $525,000 settlement in a Brooklyn accident where a reckless driver t-boned our client who was riding a motorcycle.
The above cases are representative of past results, and while there is no guarantee of the recovery you may receive, our firm can bring to bear vast resources and the personal attention that your case needs. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to gather the facts of your case to develop a comprehensive strategy for securing compensation for your physical and financial injuries. This fact gathering will include an analysis of how the accident occurred, visits to the site of the incident, witness interviews, and uncovering evidence that exposes the negligence of the other party.
The Danger of Motorcycle Accidents
While all vehicle accidents pose a risk of injury, motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than those that only involve cars. Statistics compiled by the Insurance Information Institute (III) confirm that fatalities and injuries are much more likely to occur as a result of a motorcycle crash. The results of the study showed that dying in a motorcycle accident is six times more likely than dying in a car crash. In fact, 86 percent of motorcycle crashes involve a fatality or injury.
Motorcycle accidents result in more traumatic injuries because motorcycles do not offer the same protection for occupants as an automobile. They generally lack a sturdy frame, airbags, seatbelts, and other advanced safety technology that is increasingly common in cars. While protective clothing—such as helmets, gloves, and eyewear—can provide some level of protection, it will never be as sturdy or protective as the frame of a car.
The following injuries are commonly caused by motorcycle accidents:
- Head injuries: Head injuries are particularly common in motorcycle accidents, especially if the driver is not wearing a helmet. Impact to the head may require significant medical intervention.
- Brain damage: Any hit to the head has the potential to cause a traumatic brain injury and to disrupt the brain’s normal functioning. This could range from a concussion to brain damage that results in physical and cognitive disabilities.
- Spinal injuries: The spinal cord allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, so any spinal cord damage presents a serious risk to the individual. The effects can range from numbness and muscle weakness to complete paralysis.
- Neck and back injuries: Any injury to your neck or back is likely to disrupt your life. Significant rehabilitation and physical therapy may be necessary for you to manage day-to-day functions.
- Road rash: Road rash is the common term used for abrasions that result from scrapes received during an accident. If the road rash is extreme, it may require skin grafting surgery to heal.
- Broken bones and fractures: A broken bone is likely to limit your normal functioning until the break is healed. If the break is particularly bad, it may require surgery or other intensive medical treatment.
- Cuts, bruises, strains, and sprains: While these injuries may seem minor, they can significantly affect your way of life. They may impede your range of motion or limit your ability to complete everyday tasks.
Many of these injuries can require extensive medical treatment, including hospital stays, doctor bills, and long-term rehabilitation. They are also likely to have lifelong implications, affecting the injured individual’s ability to perform his or her job or participate in activities that he or she previously enjoyed.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics in Queens, NY
Holding the At-Fault Party Liable
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, will work with you to dissect your case and understand all the parties who may be responsible for your injuries.
If your accident involved another driver who acted negligently, you may recover from the driver or his or her insurance company for your damages. While many factors can indicate negligence, common indicators include when the other driver:
- Was speeding
- Failed to follow traffic law, such as running a stop sign or a traffic signal
- Neglected to check their blind spot
- Did not properly maintain their vehicle, causing a malfunction
- Was texting or on the phone while driving
- Was driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
We will work with you to compile all the facts from the accidents, including evidence of negligence.
City or County Government
Given their small size, motorcycles are particularly susceptible to accidents when there are poorly maintained roads or other environmental conditions that are the responsibility of the government. If the local government has failed to properly maintain the roads, and this contributes to the accident, the government may be responsible for your injuries.
Navigating recovery from any government entity is full of red tape, but our history of experience with these cases enables us to help you efficiently manage these scenarios.
If your motorcycle was improperly manufactured, this may have contributed to the accident or may have aggravated your injuries. Common contributing malfunctions include:
- Cracks or breaks in the motorcycle’s frame, which can reduce the bike’s ability to withstand the impact of an accident;
- Unexpected stalling due to engine issues, which can limit the driver’s ability to maintain his or her speed in the flow of traffic;
- Defects in wheels and tires that can cause a blowout, skid, or other unstable situation;
- Brake issues, which while dangerous in any accident, are particularly dangerous in motorcycles due to their limited crashworthiness; and
- Improperly produced or installed handlebars which can impact a driver’s ability to steer and avoid collisions.
Analyzing whether the motorcycle suffered from a malfunction can be complicated. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you dig into the details and involve experts as needed.
How Will I Be Compensated?
We will work with you to put together a comprehensive assessment of the physical and financial ways in which you have been injured as a result of your accident. Common damages recovered after a motorcycle accident include:
- Medical expenses: Your injuries will result in many straightforward medical expenses, such as bills from hospital stays, doctor visits, emergency transportation, and medications. Other expenses will be less straightforward, like the estimated costs of future care, assistive devices, physical therapy, or an in-home nurse.
- Loss of income: You are entitled to lost salary and wages if you missed any work because of the accident. If you will continue to miss work in the future, you should also include these damages. Additionally, if your injuries limit your ability to perform job functions, hold certain positions, or work full-time, you should be compensated for the loss of your future earning potential.
- Damage to property: If any of your property, such as your motorcycle, was damaged in the accident, you are entitled to repair or replacement of the property.
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress: If the accident has caused you significant pain or emotional trauma, you may be able to recover for these less tangible damages.
- Loss of enjoyment: If you are no longer able to perform activities you previously enjoyed due to your injuries, you may be able to receive compensation for this loss.
- Punitive/exemplary damages: These damages are not intended to compensate an individual for a specific injury but instead are meant to punish the defendant for egregious behavior. The New York standard for receiving these damages is very high.
Liable individuals and their insurance providers may try to avoid paying their fair share of your damages. They may try to claim that you were partially or fully at fault for the accident, or they may challenge the amount of damages you have claimed. They may also propose a settlement that is much less than you deserve, hoping you will accept it simply to resolve the matter. Our attorneys will work with you to ensure you understand the strength of your case and help you obtain the best possible recovery.
What Should I Do Now?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, protect your rights and position yourself for the best recovery by taking the following steps.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel injured, the stress of the event may be masking serious injuries. Additionally, any delay in seeking medical attention may limit your ability to make a full recovery, both physically and financially.
- Get a police report. Make sure to get a police report. A police report will contain important details about the event, including witness information, information for all individuals involved in the accident, and details about the vehicles involved. A police report will include any citations that were issued for violations of any laws or regulations. These citations may be important evidence for proving fault in a personal injury case.
- Collect information at the scene. While at the scene, if it is safe for you to do so, collect the insurance information for any other parties involved in the accident. The police might take pictures, but you should also be sure to take pictures of the vehicles and the scene of the accident.
- Watch your words. Be careful of what you communicate to any other party involved, including insurance companies. You don’t want to accidentally make a statement that implies you may have been at fault for the accident.
- Track paperwork. You may need some of your paperwork in the future to demonstrate fault or to prove the extent of your damages. Make sure you keep medical bills, documentation of time off work, and any other paperwork that relates to the accident and its effects on your life.
- Be careful with your signature. Be sure not to sign any document without closely analyzing what it says. Some documents might try to sneak in waivers of your rights, such as your right to sue or collect certain damages.
One of the most important things you can do after an accident is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Not only can he or she assist you with the steps above, but your attorney will help you create a plan that puts you on the road to financial recovery.
Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, Today if You Suffered a Motorcycle Accident in Queens
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we are committed to working with you to navigate the scary and stressful time following a motorcycle accident. Our skilled attorneys and staff will work with you to understand the accident, identify the parties at fault, and build a strong case for your recovery of damages for your financial and medical injuries.
We are committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need, and our personal injury clients don’t pay any attorney’s fees until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor.
“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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