Statistics about motorcycle accidents vs car accidents in New York State, as collected by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), show that:
- There were 938 traffic fatalities in New York State in 2019. Of this total, 132 fatalities were motorcyclists.
- Car collisions are more likely to involve multiple vehicles than motorcycle collisions.
- Alcohol is slightly less likely to play a factor in motorcycle collisions than in car collisions.
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We Represent All Kinds of Traffic Collision Cases
Whether you were involved in a pedestrian, car, motorcycle, or any other type of motor vehicle collision, we want to help.
Our firm can:
- Work for a contingency fee: We never charge attorney’s fees unless and until we win compensation for your damages.
- Request and gather evidence: In addition to seeking documentary evidence like police reports, we can track down eyewitnesses and experts to testify.
- Calculate damages: Everyone’s case is unique, so we help each client figure out what fair compensation looks like for them.
- Handle paperwork: Filling out forms can be tedious, but it is always necessary in lawsuits—we can take care of all paperwork.
- Negotiate a fair settlement: We can schedule meetings with the insurance company, fight for appropriate compensation, and prepare the settlement agreement.
- Go to trial: If we cannot get fair compensation through negotiations, we are willing and able to take the liable party to trial.
We offer free case evaluations to everyone who calls our office. A member of our team can tell you whether or not we can help you.
Damages in Motorcycle Vs Car Collision Cases
Compensable damages are very similar in both motorcycle collision and car collision cases.
Available non-economic damages may include but are not limited to:
- Scarring or disfigurement: The injury left behind serious, easily noticeable, and permanent scarringscar tissue.
- Pain and suffering: This damage may include both physical discomfort (e.g., short- or long-term pain) or psychological anguish (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder).
- Disability: You could qualify on the basis of total or partial, temporary or permanent, and physical or intellectual disability.
- Loss of consortium: The collision and/or injuries stemming from it have negatively affected your marriage.
In addition, available economic damages may include but are not limited to:
- Loss of income: This damage refers to any wages or benefits you lost due to the collision and/or injuries stemming from it.
- Loss of earning capacity: Unlike loss of income, which refers to a temporary loss, this loss refers to a permanent inability to earn the kind of money you used to.
- Medical costs: If your collision injuries required treatment from any type of medical professional, we can seek reimbursement for those expenses, including certain travel expenses related to receiving medical treatment.
- Other costs: For example, you could be compensated for the cost of hiring a housekeeper or landscaper if your injuries prevent you from handling such tasks without help.
Do not let the Statute of Limitations Run Out
The statute of limitations is any law that gives accident or crime victims a deadline to take legal action against a liable party. In New York State, the statutes of limitations in traffic collision cases include the following:
- Per CPLR § 214, if you were injured in a collision, you generally have three years to start your case.
- Per EPTL § 5-4.1, if you lost a loved one in a collision, you generally have two years to start your case.
- There are exceptions to both of these statutes. For instance, if you were hit by a car owned by the municipality, you have less time to file a lawsuit.
Available Evidence You Can Use
Another important reason to start as soon as possible is to increase our chances of finding relevant evidence. Some types of evidence, including the following, may not last forever.
- Witness testimony: Witnesses may leave the area or forget crucial details.
- Surveillance video: Security camera footage is often deleted or recorded over after a certain period of time.
- Other video and photographs: A witness or even another passenger in your own vehicle who recorded the collision may delete that footage after a while.
- Expert testimony: Doctors, economists, and other experts are busy people. The more time we can give them to contribute a statement, the better.
A lawyer from our firm can help figure out which statutes apply to your case and make sure that all deadlines are met. This service we provide will help ensure that you retain the right to sue after a motor vehicle collision. We can also work quickly to gather evidence while it is still fresh.
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