Motorcyclists in Nassau County face suburban traffic and accident risks every day. Many people assume that motorcycles are dangerous and so the bike and driver are to blame. In reality, the small profile and open nature of motorcycles can lead to more serious injuries, but, statistically, the driver is rarely at fault. Instead, other vehicle drivers who fail to use caution cause most motorcycle accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, a dedicated Nassau County motorcycle accident attorney can help get you back on your feet.
The rate of injury and death in motorcycle accidents is on the decline now, but motorcyclists still face a much higher risk of injury than drivers of any other type of vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One of our founding partners, Michael Gluck, has been riding motorcycles for more than three decades. Based out of Nassau County, he has experience with several bike types and has firsthand knowledge of motorcycle handling. This gives him unique insight into every motorcycle accident that comes to Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP. Common causes of accidents in Nassau County include:
- Lane crowding
- Failure to use appropriate turn signals
- Distracted and tired driving
- Turning into oncoming traffic without noticing a motorcycle
- Rear endings
When motorcycles are part of small or serious accidents, the risk of injury increases based on the open, two-wheeled construction of the bike. They are also subject to accidents caused by road defects and construction. Something as simple as hitting spilled gravel on the roadway can cause an injurious wreck in the blink of an eye.
New York Motorcycle Laws
One of the best ways to avoid motorcycle accidents is to be predictable to motor vehicle drivers around you. Obeying traffic laws can make it easier for other drivers to understand what you’re doing, where you’re going, and where your vehicle will be next. Following New York’s motorcycle laws can also minimize your liability for an accident. The defense will have a harder time convincing a judge or jury that you were at fault for the crash when no laws have been broken. Some of the NY laws that apply specifically to motorcycles are as follows:
- Special operator’s license. To operate a motorcycle in the state of New York, you must carry a Class M or Class MJ license or learner’s permit. To get this license, you must pass a special written and driving test at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Motorcyclists must inspect their vehicles at least once per year. This involves taking the vehicle to a licensed station for an official safety inspection.
- New York’s “no-fault” laws do not apply to motorcycles, but riders must still maintain adequate vehicle insurance at all times. All motorcyclists must obtain liability coverage to legally operate in the state.
- Helmet laws. All motorcycle operators and passengers/riders must wear motorcycle helmets at all times. Helmets must comply with federal safety standards, under the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Eye protection. Operators and riders must use eye protection that, at a minimum, abides by safety standards under the American National Standard Institute. Motorcyclists must use eye protection even if their vehicles have windshields.
- Lights and lamps. Daytime running lights must stay on at all times. The law permits headlight modulators. All motorcycles must possess a headlight, taillight, license plate lamp, and brake lamp.
- Motorcycle equipment. To operate on a New York street, a motorcycle must fulfill the required equipment standards. This includes brakes, turn signals, horn/warning device, rearview mirror, muffler, handlebars, and at least one red rear reflector.
Aside from motorcycle-specific laws, operators must also obey New York’s general rules of the road. For the most part, New York laws treat motorcycles like any other vehicle. Motorcyclists must travel in the same direction as traffic, obey all traffic lights and signals, signal their intent to turn, yield the right-of-way when applicable, obey speed limits, and follow all other traffic laws. Two motorcyclists can ride abreast of one another in a single lane, but a motorcycle cannot ride next to a motor vehicle. Motorcycles cannot lane-split in New York.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents might not happen more often than other motor vehicle accidents, but they result in fatalities nearly 29 times more frequently. Injuries in motorcycle accidents can easily be life-threatening due to the vulnerability of the riders to external elements. Serious to catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, and spinal cord damage are all common outcomes of motorcycle accidents in Nassau County. Five of the injuries our Nassau County motorcycle accident attorneys have seen most often are as follows:
- Road rash. Although protective gear can help prevent road rash, the skin can still suffer significant scrapes and abrasions when the forces of a crash cause the rider to skid or slide on the asphalt at high speed. Road rash can result in permanent scars and traumatic tattooing from debris embedding in the skin.
- Broken bones. Bones in the limbs and extremities might not be able to withstand the forces a motorcycle crash exerts. Striking the motorcycle, the other vehicle, another object, or the roadway can result in a bone fracture across the body. Skull and spine fractures are some of the most serious broken bone injuries possible.
- Head and brain injuries. Studies show that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%, but do not guarantee riders’ safety. If an object or the roadway strikes the head, it can cause traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, survivors could suffer temporary or permanent brain damage.
- Spinal cord injuries. If an accident impacts the spine, fractures a vertebra, or severs the spinal cord, the damage can be catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent loss of movement and sensation below the point of injury. There is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries, although victims might regain some function with rehabilitation.
- Internal bleeding or organ trauma. Motorcycle accidents can cause internal trauma to motorcyclists, such as hemorrhaging, punctured lungs, or internal bleeding. This is especially true if the rider ends up beneath the tires of the other motor vehicle, or if the weight of the motorcycle crushes the fallen rider.
The more serious the injury, the more exorbitant the costs. If a serious motorcycle accident injury had a major impact on your life, health, happiness, family, or finances, talk to a Nassau County personal injury lawyer at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP right away. You could be eligible for significant compensation. A personal injury claim could result in restitution for past and future medical expenses relating to your accident injuries, on top of many other forms of damage recovery.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Nassau County
The best way to protect your future after a motorcycle accident is to retain a Nassau County motorcycle accident attorney. Legal representation during insurance claim negotiations can make an immense difference in the amount granted in a settlement. Retaining a trial-tested lawyer shows the defense that you are not afraid to take your claim to court if that’s what it takes to receive the compensation you deserve. Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP has won outstanding outcomes for accident victims in the past and might be able to do the same for you. You could secure compensation for damages such as:
- Past and future medical costs relating to your accident.
- The price of property damage repairs or replacements.
- Missed wages from staying home to recover.
- Lost capacity to earn because of temporary or permanent disability.
- Price of a vehicle or home modifications to accommodate a disability.
- Lifetime expenses of living with a disability.
- Physical and/or chronic pain from your injuries.
- Emotional suffering, distress, or anguish.
- Mental trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Punitive damages, or additional compensation to punish the defendant.
In New York, it is the jury of a court claim that decides what motorcycle accident victim’s injuries are worth in non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering). It is important to hire a Nassau County motorcycle accident lawyer who can reconstruct your accident, hire expert witnesses, and take other measures to explain the seriousness of your injuries, and the impact on you and your loved ones’ lives. Because harms such as emotional trauma are difficult to quantify, the skill of your attorney to make them apparent is critical to the worth and outcome of your case.
To learn the potential value of your motorcycle accident case, discuss your individual claim in more detail with our legal team. We offer free case evaluations for just that purpose. In general, the more severe your injuries, the more your case is worth. However, the success of your lawyer will make a big difference in the amount you take away. Working with our skilled litigators can give you the confidence you will get the best results possible for your case in Nassau County.
Free Consultation with a Nassau County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Please get in touch with the team of attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident in Nassau County. Trying to find the right path for recovery after an accident may be overwhelming, but our lawyers can guide you, helping to determine whether or not to pursue a claim for compensation. If another driver or factor caused an accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law.
Timeliness after an accident is crucial. Our Nassau County motorcycle accident attorneys use a network of trusted advisors and experts to piece together the circumstances surrounding an accident. Early investigations help us put together an accurate picture that can be used both in and out of the courtroom. Not every case goes to court, but we prepare each case as though it will. This comprehensive approach allows us to prepare for every scenario.
Motorcycles are exciting, recreational, and practical vehicles. They can save money in gas costs and yearly maintenance and are perfect for exploring our great state. Motorcycle accidents, however, can be quite serious. Let us help you navigate the complicated aftermath of an accident, involving insurance companies and legal proceedings, and we’ll help you gain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.