Motorcycles are great fun, feeling the sun beating down on you and the wind rushing by. When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, however, your injuries can be severe. But that’s not the only thing that’s severe as a result of your accident—often, so are your medical costs and your recovery.
By their very nature, motorcycles are less secure and more unstable than other vehicles. Your motorcycle is smaller and lighter than other vehicles on the road. Your body is also more exposed. These factors play a role in the severity of your injuries when you’re involved in a motorcycle accident. But none of this means you are less entitled to recover damages for your injuries just because you ride a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is the carelessness or negligence of other drivers. As a bike rider, you are aware of your surroundings, and you understand that any accident could cause severe injuries for yourself. Other drivers don’t always act the same way on New York streets, however. They swerve in and out of traffic without looking. As motorcycles are small, they don’t always see you, and could smash into you. There’s often nothing you could have done to avoid the accident.
Motorcycle accident causes include:
- Distracted drivers
- Failure to yield
- Not looking when changing lanes
By speaking with a New York motorcycle accident lawyer you can trust, you give yourself the best chance possible to hold the negligent driver at fault. You need a vigorous representative fighting to protect your rights. When you work with me, I’m by your side from settlement negotiations through trial, if necessary. I want you to get better. You do that by letting me handle the legal work while you focus on your recovery.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to a New York City study on traffic fatalities, 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city are motorcyclists. While death is more common on a motorcycle than in a vehicle, death isn’t the only result of a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident injuries can vary greatly. They can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
When you get on your bike for a ride, you take precautions. You put on your helmet. You check your brakes and tire pressure. You drive defensively. Even taking all these steps, you can still find yourself injured in a motorcycle accident. Accidents happen more frequently in New York during the summer months because the weather is nicer. So it’s even more important that you confirm your bike is road safe when you take it out for the first ride of the year.
The accident is not your fault, and you deserve experienced representation from a New York personal injury lawyer who gets results. I have helped many clients just like you recover compensation for their injuries, and am ready to help you today.
Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Don’t take the first settlement offer you receive, and don’t sign any settlement documents without first speaking with a motorcycle accident lawyer. The insurance company of the driver who hit you will contact you as soon as possible after your accident. They’re looking to settle your case for less than you deserve.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. So they want to keep as much of it as possible, which means paying you very little. The settlement offer you receive likely won’t include future costs. Those costs can actually exceed what you’ve already racked up. Be mindful of signing any document that gives away your right to sue the other driver’s insurance company before you speak with a trusted personal injury lawyer in New York.
Whether your injuries are minor or severe, I will fight thoroughly to get you the full value of your claim. That includes trying to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Motorcycle repair or replacement
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Past, present, and future medical bills
Most people don’t accurately calculate the amount of money it will cost to get them back on their feet. Insurance companies count on this and hope you will jump at the chance to take a low ball offer. Doing so can leave you with a mountain of out of pocket costs that could put you in a worse financial situation. You didn’t cause the accident, so you shouldn’t be on the hook for any of the costs associated with it or your recovery.
By speaking with an attorney first, you create an accurate estimate of your future medical bills and other costs. This will help argue your case for a fair amount that won’t leave you bankrupt from medical bills.
Contact an Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident
Your best bet for getting the compensation you deserve and getting back on your bike is to speak with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer. When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer you can trust. You need a lawyer who only practices personal injury law. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you will pay your bills. Your only worry should be getting back on your bike and getting back to the life you love.
There is no obligation when you speak with an attorney, and most personal injury attorneys do not collect a fee unless you obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor. A trusted attorney can evaluate your case, investigate the details of your accident, and chart a path forward for your recovery and your compensation. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, know that the law is on your side, and justice can be obtained by working closely with an experienced and trustworthy advocate.
Contact The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond today or dial (718) 588-2000 to schedule a free consultation and learn if we can help you.