When another party’s reckless, negligent, or illegal conduct causes a motorcycle collision, the injured party may be able to recover financial compensation for their damages.
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we understand just how devastating a serious motorcycle crash can be. Families may be facing thousands of dollars in medical bills and other costs—or worse, the loss of a loved one. If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle collision in New York, hire a Freeport motorcycle accident lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. to discuss your legal options. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Motorcycle Collisions in New York
Motorcycles can be a thrilling mode of transportation. Motorcyclists are often passionate about riding, take great care in maintaining their vehicles, and look forward to riding as often as New York weather allows. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is a risky activity. Because motorcyclists are not enclosed in the vehicle the way drivers of cars are, they are at a much greater risk of serious injury or death in a collision.
The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee collects data about motorcycle collisions and uses this data to gauge the effectiveness of motorcycle safety initiatives. In the year 2018 alone, nearly 4,000 motorcyclists were injured in New York. Just over 180 motorcycle collisions occurred in Nassau County in the same year.
While these numbers represent a slight decrease in motorcycle collisions compared to the previous years, there are still many steps that must be taken to prevent motorcycle crashes in New York.
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Negligence Is Often to Blame for Motorcycle Crashes
The term “negligence” describes conduct that is careless or reckless and puts other people in danger. Many otherwise preventable motorcycle collisions are caused by the negligent actions of another driver, such as:
- Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of illicit drugs or prescription medication
- Failure to obey traffic signs and traffic signals
- Reckless driving
- Driver inexperience or inattention
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
- Aggressive driving or “road rage”
When a preventable collision occurs because of a driver’s negligence, those injured in the collision have a right to bring legal action against the responsible party. The negligent party in a motorcycle crash is often another driver. However, the liable party may also be:
- The manufacturer of a faulty motorcycle part, such as a defective tire or braking system
- A municipality that failed to maintain roads or traffic signs
- A company, such as a rental car company or trucking company
- A negligent property owner
In many motorcycle collision cases, more than one party’s negligence contributes to the crash. Identifying the liable parties and demonstrating how their negligence led to a collision is a huge part of winning a motorcycle collision claim.
A Freeport motorcycle accident lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can investigate the circumstances of your collision and identify who is liable for your damages. To learn more about how our team can help you after a serious motorcycle crash, call our office at (631) 451-7900.
Compensation Available to Injured Motorcyclists in New York
A major motorcycle collision can be an overwhelming financial burden. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle crash, you should know that you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses you sustained.
While New York requires “no-fault” auto insurance for motor vehicle collisions, it does not require no-fault coverage to be carried on a motorcycle. Unless you specifically add this coverage to your motorcycle, you will not be able to access no-fault coverage if you were injured while riding. Without no-fault coverage, you will be forced to use private insurance policies, if you have them, to recover for medical expenses or lost wages. Even if you don’t have these coverages in place, hope is not lost. Claims against a liable third party may allow an injured party to recover compensation for:
- Past medical bills and future medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed work
- Lost income-earning ability caused by a disabling injury
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disability or disfigurement
Determining the types of damages you suffered because of your collision and calculating the cost of those damages is a crucial component of a motorcycle collision claim. Some injured victims settle for less compensation than they deserve because they do not know their rights under New York personal injury laws.
They may even be pressured into a settlement that only covers a small portion of their damages. At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., our team understands New York personal injury law and how to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Fatal Motorcycle Collisions
Tragically, many motorcycle collisions are fatal. The New York Department of Health reports that an average of 166 people die each year in motorcycle collisions in New York. If you have lost a relative in a motorcycle crash, we know there is nothing that can make up for this tragic loss. However, a wrongful death claim may help ease the financial burden created by your loved one’s death.
A New York wrongful death claim may be brought on the deceased person’s behalf by a personal representative of their estate. Damages in a wrongful death claim, and a related conscious pain and suffering claim, may include:
- Funeral and burial charges
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages incurred between the deceased person’s collision and their death
- Lost support and services provided by the deceased person
- Lost inheritance experienced by the surviving children
- The deceased person’s conscious pain and suffering
Important Filing Deadlines
The statute of limitations for New York wrongful death lawsuits is generally two years under New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1. Meanwhile, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New York is typically three years under New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. However, certain circumstances can significantly reduce the statute of limitations, so it is important to speak to an attorney right away.
A Freeport Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you were injured in a motorcycle collision or your loved one passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision, speak with a team member from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. We can assist clients in Spanish if needed.
Call our office today at (631) 451-7900 for a free case review.