Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in New York
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While any motor vehicle accident can have disastrous consequences, those involving motorcycles tend to have higher catastrophic injury and fatality rates. This is because motorcyclists are virtually unprotected—without the windows and doors, seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features found in most passenger cars, motorcyclists are at a high risk of being thrown from their bikes when they are hit or collide with other vehicles and objects. As a result, motorcyclists are far more likely to be severely injured or killed in the event of a crash.
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in New York City or anywhere in the state, turn to The Paris Law Group, PC. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future losses, and more. With nearly 25 years of experience spent trying cases on behalf of the severely injured, our New York motorcycle accident lawyer and founding partner, Jason Paris, has what it takes to effectively advocate for you.
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New York Motorcycle Laws
Anyone who wishes to operate or ride a motorcycle in the state of New York should be aware of all applicable laws and safety guidelines. This not only ensures your own protection but the safety of others, as well.
Here are some New York motorcycle laws you should know:
- Licensing: Anyone who operates a motorcycle in New York must have a Class M or MJ Operator’s License or a Learner’s Permit. Depending on whether you are seeking an Operator’s License or Learner’s Permit, you may be required to pass a written test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or a supervised road test or both.
- Helmets: Anyone of any age who either operates or rides on a motorcycle (at any speed) must wear a motorcycle helmet that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) according to federal motor vehicle safety standards.
- Eye Protection: All motorcycle operators and riders must have approved eye protection, which must meet the American National Standard Institute’s minimum acceptable standards.
- Lane Sharing: Two motorcyclists are permitted to ride side-by-side in a single traffic lane, though no more than two motorcyclists may ride abreast in a single lane at any time.
- Lane-Splitting: The practice of lane-splitting (riding between vehicles/lanes of traffic on a motorcycle) is not permitted anywhere in the state of New York.
- Headlights: Anyone who operates a motorcycle in the state of New York is required to use a daytime headlight. The law allows motorcyclists to use headlight modulators.
- Passengers: If a motorcycle carries a passenger, it must be equipped with a proper passenger seat and footrest(s). Additionally, passengers must abide by all applicable helmet laws.
- Handlebars: In New York, motorcycles may not have handlebars that require the operator to keep his or her hands above shoulder height while riding.
Additionally, all motorcycles must have certain required equipment, including a headlight, taillight, stop lamp, license plate lamp, red rear reflector (minimum: one), brakes, turn signals/directional signals, horn or similar warning device, rearview mirror (minimum: one), muffler, etc.
What to Do After an Accident
Here are a few tips to remember after any accident, including a motorcycle accident:
- See a Doctor: If you are in a motorcycle accident, you should immediately seek proper medical attention. Obtaining prompt medical care not only ensures your health but also helps in documenting the injuries you sustained as a result of an accident. This documentation will likely play a critical role in your case and may affect the ultimate outcome.
- Exchange Contact Information: If police officers are not dispatched to the scene of the accident, you should try to obtain the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident, the name and address of the driver, and the name of their insurance company, including the policy number.
- Avoid Admitting Fault: It is wise to refrain from entering into any conversation with the other driver. Statements you make may be used against you. DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ANYTHING OR ADMIT ANY FAULT.
- Document Evidence: Following an accident, you should take photographs of any damage to your vehicle and other property, your physical injuries (if they are apparent), and the accident scene. Take notes on how the accident occurred and any statements the other parties made.
- Contact a Lawyer: Before speaking to any adjusters from the liable person’s insurance company, and as soon as possible after the accident, contact an experienced attorney who can protect your rights and help you determine what to do next.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Even if motorcyclists are driving carefully, accidents can still occur at any time due to a variety of factors. All too often, these accidents occur not because the motorcycle operator did anything wrong but because another driver was negligent.
A motorcycle accident can occur as the result of:
- Inattentive Drivers: Careless, inattentive motorists may fail to see a motorcyclist or may make a mistake that results in a disastrous crash
- Traffic Law Violations: If a motorist is speeding, texting while driving, driving while drunk, or engaging in any other unlawful behavior, he or she can cause a serious accident
- Poor Communication: Motorcyclists sometimes travel in groups, but they must communicate clearly to avoid colliding or moving into other lanes of travel
- Road Hazards: Motorcyclists may sometimes run into potholes or loose gravel or asphalt, which can cause them to lose control of their vehicles and crash
These are just some examples of how motorcycle accidents can occur. In many cases, injured bikers have the right to seek fair financial compensation for their damages by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault person or party, whether that’s another motorist, a construction company, or the manufacturer of a defective automobile part.
Tips for Surviving a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle enthusiasts dread thinking about the possibility of a wreck on their bikes, but the reality is that many motorcyclists are killed each year riding the roads. Goingbeyond the obvious steps of wearing an approved helmet and boots and leather gear for protection, here are some tips to increase your survival chances in a crash:
- Cars have blind spots and many drivers are oblivious to motorcyclists, so avoid positioning your motorcycle where it can’t be seen.
- Be alert for road hazards like spilled oil and dead animals.
- Brake prior to entering turns and accelerate or coast through them to remain balanced.
- Align your motorcycle with the outer tires of the car ahead. If they swerve to miss debris, you might be able to avoid it too.
- When a wreck is inevitable, your best bet is to slow your speed and then lay the bike down. You want to be as far away from moving projectile as possible while staying out of the way of traffic.
- Release the bike and kick or push it away.
- Try to relax during the fall and attempt to not not stiffen your limbs before impact.
- Try to remain immobile after the crash until help arrives in order to keep from worsening your injuries.
Surviving the initial crash is just the first step in what may be a long road to recovery. Medical and therapy bills can mount up, and injured riders might not be able to work for an extended time. In order to make ends meet, it may be necessary to file suit against the at-fault driver.
Do Not Delay—Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation
If you’ve been injured, it’s important that you seek legal representation. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, which means your best interests aren’t their priority—money is. Our New York motorcycle accident attorney puts our clients and their needs first, no matter what.
It’s also important that you act quickly as the statute of limitations on motorcycle accident claims in New York is three years from the date of the accident. If you wait longer than three years to file a claim, your case will almost assuredly be thrown out.
Contact our New York motorcycle accident lawyer today at (888) 365-4940 to learn how we can help make you whole again.
Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Construction Accident $2.5 Million
We were able to win a jury verdict of $2,500,000 after a pretrial offer of $150,000 for our client who sustained injuries from a construction accident.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.