New York Motorcycle Injury Lawyers
Motorcycling continues to grow as both a sport and a mode of transportation in New York. In 2005, the number of motorcycle registrations reached a new all-time high of 272,779. With the large increases in the price of gas and steady motorcycle sales, this growth trend is expected to continue.
Motorcycle accidents and injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including defective roadway designs, poor weather conditions, product defects (including defective tires or defective helmets), and the recklessness or negligence of other drivers. Because motorcycles do not offer the physical protection that cars do, motorcycle riders are much more susceptible to injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken limbs, road rash, and other serious conditions. Tragically some motorcyclists fare much worse, losing their lives in motorcycle accidents. In New York and throughout the country, motorcycle laws are in place to prevent such injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle accidents continue to occur each year.
Motorcycles are legal vehicles, and motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident victims often have to overcome the common bias or misbelief that an accident between a motorcycle and another motor vehicle is likely the fault of an inexperienced, careless, or reckless motorcyclist. A motorcycle accident attorney at our New York firm can help build a strong case for injured motorcyclists. Our legal team will immediately investigate the physical evidence at the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and document road maintenance, weather conditions, and other factors to determine the real cause of the collision. Every state has motorcycle laws in place to prevent accidents and protect motorcyclists. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a lawyer at our firm can help you understand your rights and file a claim against the responsible parties.
Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading causes of personal injury in the state of New York. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist is 15 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in an automobile accident. Because motorcycles lack the physical protection of a car and are often difficult to see, motorcyclists are more susceptible to injuries from other vehicles on the road, debris from road construction and potholes, inclement weather and manufacturer defects. New York ranks sixth in the nation in the number of licensed motorcyclists. Governor George Pataki has declared every May “Motorcycle Awareness and You Month” to highlight safety issues and promote motorcycle safety courses. In 2003, there were 4,284 motorcycle accidents statewide, and 151 of those ended in death. The most commonly cited reasons for the accidents are:
- Unsafe speed, 17 percent
- Failure to yield right-of-way, 15.5 percent
- Driver inattention/distraction, 13.4 percent
Protecting Your Rights
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to take certain steps in order to develop a strong claim. First, immediately seek medical assistance if you are injured in anyway. The police need to be called to the motorcycle accident scene and write a police report of the incident. It is important to exchange information with the other people involved, including names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance company names and policy numbers. If it is safe, take pictures of the scene where the motorcycle accident occurred. Also, remember that anything you say after the motorcycle accident may be used against you in a future lawsuit, so only give facts that are accurate. Always obtain a copy of the police report, which are typically available 10 days after the incident. Don’t worry if the police report does not accurately reflect your recollection, your lawyer will advise you on this matter.
The Haymond Law Firm is one of the largest personal injury firms in the Northeast. We have a proven record of fighting for the rights of injury victims. We’ve achieved our record with hard work, dedication and determination. Each of our lawyers has years of courtroom experience, and access to a wide range of highly qualified experts.
Every case is important to us and we prepare them all for trial. Our obligation to you is to get you everything you deserve. That’s our promise.