According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most motorcycle crashes are caused by another driver being unable to see the motorcyclists.
This can create a dangerous situation where the driver cuts-off or turns in front of the motorcyclist. The NHTSA estimates that one-third of all motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle entering the motorcycle’s path.
There are many other reasons that another driver could be responsible for an accident with a motorcyclist, including:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Not using headlights at night
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- And more
If another driver or another party was responsible for your motorcycle crash, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Determining Liability and Your Motorcycle Injuries
If another driver’s negligence caused your motorcycle accident, they may owe you compensation for your injuries.
This process typically requires determining who is liable for your injuries and pursuing their insurance company for a settlement offer. If a fair settlement offer is not made, the victim has the right to sue the responsible party for compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
To support their claim, the plaintiff may need to produce evidence of the responsible party’s liability and evidence of the extent of their damages. Such evidence may include:
- Photos or videos from the scene of the accident
- Police reports
- Security or traffic camera footage
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Evidence from your motorcycle
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Testimony from medical or vocational experts about the extent and future costs of the victim’s injuries
If you hire a personal injury lawyer in your motorcycle accident case, they will be able to manage this evidence-gathering on your behalf while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Case
While each case is different, possible compensation in a motorcycle accident case may include:
- Reimbursement for your medical bills
- Lost wages or reduced earning ability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Tragically, some motorcyclists do not survive their accident injuries. If your family member died in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of support
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Pursuing justice on behalf of your loved one can never replace them, but it may be able to hold the responsible driver accountable for their actions and possibly protect your financial future.
Use Caution When Dealing With Insurance Companies
Use caution when speaking with insurance companies after your motorcycle accident. They may be able to use your statements against you to reduce or deny your claim.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you, they can handle the communications with the insurance company on your behalf. If the insurance company makes you a low settlement offer, a personal injury lawyer can refute it with evidence of the value of your injuries and negotiate for a higher offer.
If they are unable to reach a fair settlement out-of-court, a personal injury lawyer can take your case to trial.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. May Be Able To Defend Your Rights
When a car collides with your motorcycle, the results can be devastating for you and your loved ones. At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., we fight for the rights of motorcycle accident victims and their families on Long Island.
When you hire our firm to represent you, you can concentrate on your recovery while we handle the legal details of your case.
Keep in mind that the time for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in New York is generally limited by a three-year statute of limitations. For wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations is generally two years. Some circumstances, such as suing a municipality, could shorten these deadlines.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for a free case evaluation at (631) 451-7900. Our multilingual staff can assist callers in Spanish.
We will represent you on a contingency-fee basis where you pay us nothing for our legal services unless and until you recover compensation at the end of your case.