Staten Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Anyone who rides a motorcycle on Staten Island knows all too well the risks. Traffic clogs and congests Staten Island, and in recent years, this traffic worsened. Driving on the Staten Island Expressway is a nightmare at all hours of the day and night due to traffic and accidents. Islanders know all too well the gridlock and congestion of returning to the Island via the Goethals Bridge or the Outerbridge Crossing. For motorcyclists, increased traffic means an increased risk of suffering serious injuries in an accident. These risks are real and something they deal with every day in Staten Island traffic.
Just because riding a motorcycle comes with risks, however, does not mean other motorists have the right to disregard motorcyclists’ safety. In our years of experience, most motorcycle accidents stem from the careless or reckless actions of the other driver.
If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident on Staten Island, you may have many questions running through your mind. How can you pay your medical bills? Will you ever return to work? Who will provide for your family and pay your rent? Where can you turn for help? You need a law firm on your side that can help answer your questions and protect your rights to compensation every step of the way.
Staten Island Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP have offices throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Tri-State area. The sole focus of our work is to represent victims of accidental injuries, including anyone hurt in a motorcycle accident, to help them obtain the compensation that they need to heal and move forward with their lives. If a Staten Island motorcycle wreck devastates your life, contact us online, or call us at (877)-504-5562, to learn how we can help.
Why Experience Matters
We Represent Staten Island Motorcycle Accident Victims
For nearly five decades, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, has dedicated itself to a singular mission: delivering top-quality legal services to victims of accidental injury. All Staten Island accident survivors deserve lawyers that are as skilled and aggressive as the ones who defend insurance companies and well-funded defendants. Our hard work has paid off for our motorcycle accident clients, many of whom have received millions of dollars in compensation for injuries that they have sustained due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness.
Just as important to our team as our high-dollar-value successes is ensuring that our clients receive the personalized attention that they deserve. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP’s lawyers represent motorcycle accident victims and families enduring some of the most difficult times of their lives.
Our clients appreciate how we always take the time to answer their questions, how we keep them at ease during stressful moments, and how we outmatch our opponents in the courtroom.
Simply put, our long track record of success and our legendary commitment to treating every client with dignity and respect make us the finest motorcycle accident injury law firm in the Tri-State area.
Some of our most recent motorcycle accident cases include:
- $536.000 for a motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries after a crash
- $525,000 for a motorcyclist who suffered injuries in a side-impact accident
While past successes do not guarantee future results, you know you have an experienced team of lawyers on your side from the start.
We know Staten Island and the city streets and intersections where your accident may have occurred. That’s because we work in the community. Our Staten Island office is in Meiers Corner at 26 Watchogue Rd Suite 1, near Victory Boulevard and Fairview Cemetery. We offer FREE case evaluations for anyone who suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident. If your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office for a meeting, we can meet you at your home, in your hospital room, or even virtually over the internet.
To set up your FREE initial consultation, call us at (718) 980-9600 or fill out our confidential contact form.
Fighting Insurance Companies After a Staten Island Motorcycle Accident
How Can I Get the Money I Need?
After a Staten Island motorcycle accident, survivors often want to know how they can get the money they need – fast! That’s because medical bills immediately start piling up. Even worse, many motorcyclists are unable to work after their crash due to injury. As a result, rent becomes overdue, utility companies threaten to shut off services, and families strained because of tight finances. When this happens, injured motorcyclists need to know what they can do.
Even though New York is a no-fault state, PIP policies do not apply to injured motorcyclists. As such, they must file a claim or a lawsuit against the “at-fault” party to collect the money they need. This can become time-consuming and difficult. As such, it requires a law firm with experience handling these specific types of cases.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our motorcycle accident lawyers can help Staten Island crash survivors seek compensation for their injuries and for the damages they suffered. This includes:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Long-term care expenses
- Bike repair
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Our attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies and fight to get you the money you need. We know the tactics they use and we use this knowledge to level the playing field for our clients. We don’t let large insurers take advantage of our clients after an injury and we fight aggressively to help them through this difficult time.
Motorcycle Accidents on Staten Island
Did You Get Injured Here?
Residents and tourists commuting to and from Manhattan and surrounding boroughs pack Staten Island daily. Traffic here causes many serious motorcycle accidents. In one recent month alone 11 motorcyclists suffered an injury in crashes on the island. Distracted drivers caused the majority of those crashes.
Where do many motorcycle accidents occur on Staten Island? Some of the most dangerous roads in the area include:
- Hylan Boulevard
- Clove Road
- New Dorp Lane
- Father Capodanno Boulevard
- Nelson Avenue
- Highway 440
- Rockland Avenue
- Victory Boulevard
- Old Town Road
- Bay Street
- Korean War Veterans Parkway
- Sand Lane
- Interstate 278
- Richmond Avenue
- Arthur Kill Road
Sadly, motorcycle accidents are back on the rise after years of declining across the island.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics in Staten Island, NY
This sobering assessment from the New York State Department of Health summarizes the risk of injury motorcyclists face on the highways and byways around Staten Island.
Per mile driven, motorcyclists are approximately 37 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than occupants of a passenger car. On average, emergency departments treat 4,000 New York residents each year as a result of motorcycle crashes; that is an average of 11 people every day.
Causes of Staten Island Motorcycle Accidents
Official New York State data reflects that 4,392 motorcycle crashes occurred around the state in 2018. In 84 percent of those accidents, a motorcycle rider sustained injuries ranging from fatal (142 riders), to “serious” (831 riders), to “moderate” (1,065 riders), to “minor” (1,806 riders).
Roughly the same percentage of the 83 motorcycle wrecks on Staten Island in 2018 resulted in injured riders. State data drawn from police reports also reflect that a variety of factors contribute to these auto accidents.
The four most common of those are:
The Hurt Report shows that the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the main cause of motorcycle crashes. Distracted driving only increased the dangerous risks motorcyclists face on the road.
In one recent year, 851 motorcycle accidents on New York roads involved “driver inattention/distraction” as a contributing cause. The data does not say which “driver” was inattentive or distracted in these motorcycle collisions. However, it is a good bet that in many of them the lack of focus happened behind the wheel of a car or truck, and left a motorcyclist dead or injured.
It is no secret how bad the problem of distracted driving has become on New York roads. Smartphones contribute to distraction and inattention, but they are hardly the only culprits in accidents that injure motorcyclists on Staten Island. Any action or condition that draws a driver’s focus away from the visual, physical, or cognitive elements of driving a car or truck constitutes a dangerous distraction that can take lives.
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
In one recent year, 826 motorcycle accidents resulted from a driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way in New York. Again, the data does not specify which drivers made this type of error resulting in a bike wreck, but experience points to operators of cars and trucks. Anyone who has spent time riding motorcycles knows turning cars represent one of the greatest hazards to the safety of all motorcyclists, particularly cars turning left across a lane of oncoming traffic.
Research suggests these drivers may not even register seeing an oncoming motorcyclist. The resulting collision, in which the motorcycle essentially T-bones the car, typically throws the motorcycle rider against the vehicle and onto the road, causing devastating injuries. Other instances of drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles include cutting off motorcyclists and pulling out of a driveway into the travel lane of an oncoming motorcycle.
Unsafe Passing and Lane-Changing
In one recent year, 779 New York motorcycle accidents involved a driver who passed or changed lanes unsafely. Car and truck drivers, and motorcyclists, can equally make this kind of fatal or catastrophic error. Motorists often speed past motorcyclists in a way that causes a loss of control, or change lanes in front of motorcyclists without first clearing their blind spots.
Finally, speeding plays a predictable, albeit tragic, role in New York motorcycle accidents—777 bike wrecks in one year involved a vehicle traveling too fast for road conditions. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles were all, no doubt, guilty of this common, but deadly, driving error. Unsafe speeds not only raise the risk of an accident occurring, but also exponentially increase the forces involved in a collision. The greater the forces, the higher the likelihood of a motorcyclist suffering a catastrophic or fatal injury.
The four factors above represent the most common contributing factors in New York motorcycle accidents, but they are hardly the only factors that contribute to wrecks on Staten Island and elsewhere. Other common factors leading to deaths and injuries among motorcyclists on local roads include following a motorcycle too closely (car and truck drivers often do not realize that bikes brake faster than other vehicles), and dangerous-but-preventable road conditions that cause motorcyclists to lose control, thus potentially causing a truck-related accident.
In every Staten Island motorcycle accident matter, the team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, aims to identify, in as much detail as possible, the factors that contributed to the wreck. By knowing how a motorcycle collision happened, our lawyers can often identify the parties with legal liability for the injuries and fatalities that followed.
What are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Those who escape Staten Island motorcycle accidents with their lives still face the prospect of massive trauma. Due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers, motorcyclists often face severe injuries that can result in permanent disability and impairment.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. New York law requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets, and for good reason. Helmets save lives by significantly reducing the chance of a fatal brain injury. Even so, in any motorcycle wreck, there is a material risk of sustaining brain damage that can result in significant cognitive, motor, and emotional impairments that may never fully resolve.
- Spinal cord injuries. The force of an accident often throws a motorcyclist against a vehicle or onto the road surface. The impact can cause major damage not just to the structures of the spine (vertebrae and discs), but also to the spinal cord itself. A tear, nick, or bruise to the spinal cord can cause long-lasting, often-permanent, numbness, weakness, and paralysis.
- Severe road rash. A rider thrown from the saddle in a collision also faces another danger: a “friction burn” resulting from sliding along the road surface. Road rash simultaneously burns, tears, and abrades skin tissue. It also buries dirt and grime in the resulting wound, risking severe infection and other secondary health complications.
- Broken bones and orthopedic injuries. Yet another result from tumbling along a road surface after a motorcycle collision is a laundry risk of potential bone breaks, ligament and tendon tears, muscle sprains, and other damage to the body that can take multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy to heal properly, if ever.
The list above represents just a sampling of the injuries motorcycle riders face in a Staten Island bike wreck. Virtually any injury you can imagine could happen when a motorcycle collides with another vehicle or loses control. No matter what type of injury you sustained in a Staten Island motorcycle accident, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP’s attorneys are ready to help.
After a Staten Island Motorcycle Accident
Oftentimes, Staten Island motorcycle accident victims walk through our doors at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, feeling overwhelmed, unsure even of how we might help them. We feel comfortable giving those clients the guidance that they need. But there are some steps our clients could take even before they visit us for the first time that can help protect their rights to compensation.
Resist the Urge to Fix Your Motorcycle
The moment a Staten Island motorcycle crash happens, the motorcycle that our client was riding becomes evidence that could prove useful in a subsequent legal action. Fixing the bike could destroy the value of that evidence. Instead of taking the motorcycle to the shop, or selling it for parts, we urge our clients to store it somewhere safe and avoid touching it until we have had the chance to evaluate whether to send a forensic expert to inspect it. You never know what evidence might turn up that helps to prove a multi-million dollar damages claim.
Exercise Caution When Dealing With Insurance Companies
No one can avoid talking to insurance companies completely after a Staten Island motorcycle accident. Our clients typically have no choice but to put their motorcycle insurance provider on notice that the crash happened, for example.
But it raises red flags for us as attorneys when the at-fault driver’s insurance company tries to contact our client directly. We urge all of our clients to exercise extreme caution if they receive such a call. Usually, it means the insurance company has concerns about its potential financial liability to our client, and hopes to either trick or cheat our client out of a potentially large financial settlement. The best course of action our clients can take if an insurance company other than their own makes contact is to refer the caller to their attorney.
Avoid Social Media
It is natural to want to share your journey and your recovery progress with your family and friends. However, this can have a negative effect on your injury case. It is best to avoid social media altogether until you settle your case. Otherwise, the insurance company may use content in your social media post to reduce your claim. For example, a post about how you had a blast at your nephew’s birthday party might show that you do not suffer as much pain and discomfort as you claim.
Staten Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney Answers Your Questions
Riding a motorcycle can bring a smile to your face. There is no better feeling than the wind rushing across you and the smell of the open air. Whether you ride a motorcycle every day for your commute or you enjoy leisure time on your favorite toy, there is a joy to riding a motorcycle that riders alone understand.
When riding a motorcycle, you take every precaution. You routinely check the tire pressure and oil. You check the belts and chains. And you wear a helmet, as required by New York law. Even with all of these precautions, accidents can and do happen. Car and truck drivers may not see you on your motorcycle. They may veer toward you without warning. They may drive aggressively and fail to share the road respectfully. This and other dangerous behavior by drivers risks causing you serious injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Staten Island motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer with experience helping victims like you recover every dollar the law allows from the parties who caused the accident. Below, we answer some frequently asked questions we get about Staten Island motorcycle crashes and the rights of motorcyclists who sustain injuries in them. For answers to specific questions about a Staten Island motorcycle wreck that harmed you or a loved one, contact a skilled Staten Island motorcycle accident attorney today.
Staten Island Motorcycle Accident FAQs
If someone else’s dangerous decisions or actions at least partially caused the accident and your injuries, then you might have the right to recover substantial compensation by taking legal action.
New York law holds people, companies, and government agencies responsible for harm caused by their wrongful conduct. The victim of a crash resulting from that conduct generally has the right to recover money damages from those parties and/or their insurance companies.
The most reliable way to obtain that compensation is to hire an attorney with years of experience representing Staten Island motorcycle accident victims who can plan and execute a legal strategy suitable for the victim’s circumstances. Oftentimes, that strategy will include filing a Staten Island motorcycle accident lawsuit, and negotiating a settlement of a victim’s claim.
We need to know the specifics of your accident to say for sure. Anyone whose unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions put you in harm’s way and caused your injuries could face legal liability to you under New York law.
In a Staten Island motorcycle crash, that may include:
- A motorist whose dangerous driving caused your crash;
- The employer of that motorist, if the motorist was driving a commercial vehicle;
- A manufacturer of auto or motorcycle parts, if a mechanical failure caused by a defective part led to your crash; or
- A government agency responsible for designing, building, and maintaining safe roads for motorcycle riding, if a dangerous road condition caused your accident.
This is just a partial list, of course. Virtually anyone might have legal liability for a Staten Island motorcycle accident, depending upon the circumstances. Also, bear in mind that multiple parties could have legal liability for your injuries, and that the more of them your lawyer can identify, the higher your chances usually are of obtaining the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Trust an experienced Staten Island motorcycle accident lawyer to investigate the details of your accident and injuries to identify all individuals, businesses, and/or government entities who owe you compensation for the injuries you suffered in your Staten Island motorcycle accident.
In New York, victims of Staten Island motorcycle accidents generally have three years from the date of their injury to take legal action for damages against the legally-liable party. You might think that three years is quite a long time, and that you can wait until you fully recover from your injuries before filing a claim. Unfortunately, as time passes, witnesses’ memories fade, and crucial evidence has a way of going missing.
The time to act on your legal rights is now.
The sooner you contact an experienced Staten Island motorcycle accident injury lawyer, the better your chances of obtaining the compensation you need and deserve to help you pay for the array of costs your accident caused. Waiting to speak with a skilled lawyer puts you at risk of undercutting the value of your claim and, in the worse case, losing your legal rights altogether.
New York averages over 1,500 hospitalizations each year from motorcycle accidents. These hospital visits come with a high price tag. While you may want to put this terrible experience behind you as quickly as possible, you also do not want to pay out of pocket for these medical expenses. After all, you did not cause the accident, so you should not have to pay the bills.
Every Staten Island motorcycle accident case has unique facts and circumstances that may influence its outcome, so we cannot say for certain what types or amounts of damages you might have the right to recover.
However, as a general matter, by taking legal action you may have the ability to recover compensation to pay for:
- Medical expenses related to your injuries;
- Non-medical expenses resulting from living with or adapting to your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning potential;
- Loss of companionship;
- Loss of life enjoyment;
- Present and future medical bills; and
- Rehabilitation costs.
No lawyer can guarantee that you will recover compensation by taking legal action. However, you can give yourself the strongest chance of obtaining maximum payment for your injuries and losses by working with an experienced Staten Island motorcycle accident lawyer who has represented people just like you in similar legal claims.
We cannot guarantee you will get paid, but if you do, the process for obtaining compensation for you can take anywhere from just a few months to a year or more. Various factors, most of which are out of your and your lawyer’s control, influence the timeline for obtaining compensation for a Staten Island motorcycle accident injury.
- The amount of money at stake;
- The number of parties who may owe you compensation;
- The degree of dispute over the facts of your accident or who has liability for it;
- The personalities and work styles of the parties, lawyers, insurance adjusters, and court personnel involved in your case.
One thing you can control, however, is when you speak with an experienced lawyer about your Staten Island motorcycle crash. Waiting to connect with a skilled Staten Island motorcycle accident attorney just pushes the resolution of your claim further off into the future.
In a single word—no.
The insurance company for the at-fault party is not your friend.
Any effort that company makes to contact you directly is designed to either:
- Undercut your legal rights by getting you to say something that reduces the value of your claim, or
- Convince you to accept a quick, lowball settlement offer for far less money than you deserve to receive for your injuries and losses.
Do not fall for insurance company dirty tricks. Leave all conversations with the at-fault party’s insurance company to an experienced Staten Island motorcycle accident attorney who has the skill and experience to negotiate a fair resolution of your claim on your behalf. Lawyers who represent bike wreck victims like you know how to speak the language of insurance companies in a way that puts you on more-or-less equal terms in negotiating your claim. Without the help of an attorney, you risk losing valuable legal rights.
Your lawyer’s goal matches your goal—maximize your financial recovery so you can focus on your health and well being. The steps a lawyer takes to achieve that goal can vary from case-to-case and client-to-client.
However, as a general matter, a lawyer serves your interests by:
- Investigating your motorcycle accident and your injuries to determine who owes you money and how much money you have a right to receive under New York law;
- Negotiating with defense lawyers and insurance companies over a potential settlement of your claim for a fair and reasonable amount of money;
- Litigating your claim in New York courts when negotiation alone does not yield a fair and reasonable financial outcome for your situation.
- Answering your questions and keeping you informed about the legal processes involved in obtaining fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
In choosing an attorney, look for one who has been around-the-block for decades, has a proven track record of success in cases like yours, and has a reputation for getting results in both negotiations and trials.
Nothing, unless you get paid first.
An initial consultation with a lawyer with years of experience representing Staten Island traffic accident victims is virtually always free-of-charge. It should never cost you anything to speak with a skilled attorney about your case for the first time. At that meeting, you can size up the lawyer’s experience and track record, and the lawyer can give you an initial assessment of your potential rights to compensation.
If you and the attorney agree to work together, the attorney will almost certainly represent you on a contingency fee basis. That is an arrangement where the attorney works on your case in exchange for a percentage of any money the attorney recovers for you. You pay the attorney nothing up-front. You do not pay the attorney by the hour. The attorney only receives a fee if you recover compensation.
The steps you take after a Staten Island motorcycle accident leaves you injured can affect your health, finances, and legal rights.
While every situation is unique, we find that clients can often protect themselves by following these four tips:
- Always call 911. Calling 911 has dual benefits. First, it summons emergency medical personnel to the scene, which safeguards your health. And second, it ensures police will prepare a report documenting the facts and circumstances of the accident, which can prove useful as evidence in a later legal proceeding.
- Always seek medical care. Few Staten Island motorcyclists escape an accident injury-free, so never assume you are one of the lucky ones. Do not refuse medical attention at the accident scene, and always follow-up with your primary care doctor or at an urgent care clinic within 24 hours. Many potentially life-altering or fatal injuries do not show symptoms right away. Motorcyclists, especially, face risks of traumatic brain injury (TBI), even when they wear helmets. The signs of a TBI do not necessarily appear right away, but a doctor can diagnose the injury with simple tests and can take steps that prevent further complications.
- Hold on to documents and evidence. Do not throw anything relating to your Staten Island motorcycle accident or injuries away. Save everything, including medical bills, receipts from the pharmacy, insurance statements, the clothing and helmet you were wearing, and even your wrecked bike. Resist the urge to throw away or fix damaged items, your bike included. Those items may constitute critical evidence in proving your claim for compensation against an at-fault party. Keep everything in a safe place until your attorney has had a chance to review it.
- Contact an experienced Staten Island motorcycle accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not wait to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney about your Staten Island crash and injuries. You may have significant legal rights to receive compensation, but you must act quickly to avoid undercutting the value of your claim or losing your rights altogether.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident on Staten Island, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, today for a free case evaluation.
Call Our Staten Island Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Now
Riding a motorcycle may come with risks, but that does not make it acceptable for other motorists to put motorcyclists in danger. The consequences are simply too grave.
If a Staten Island motorcycle wreck has upended your life and left you in pain or grieving a tragic loss, contact our Staten Island personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, online or at (877)-504-5562 for a free case evaluation with our team.
“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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