Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents can cause lifelong, permanent injuries and financial devastation. It can take just a couple of seconds to go from enjoying a carefree cruise down the highway to finding yourself on the receiving end of a car crash. Even the safest rider is at risk of an accident caused by the negligence of other drivers.
Unfortunately, rough statistics estimate that motorcycle drivers may be up to twenty-seven times more likely to be involved in a serious traffic accident. Of those accidents, about 90 percent are caused by other vehicles, which means that the stereotype of the reckless motorcycle driver couldn’t be further from reality.
It takes an experienced Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP to ensure that you don’t become a victim a second time—this time of unfounded and unfair bias.
Types of Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accident injuries tend to be extensive and run the gamut. Some are simply painful, while others could permanently change your life. By far, the most common type is a head injury. Even if you wear a helmet each and every time you ride, you may still be at risk of a brain injury.
Road rash and other abrasions are also high on the list of motorcycle injuries, particularly if you are traveling at a high speed when the accident occurs. Muscle damage and leg injuries can also happen, either due to impact with the road or with other vehicles.
Motorcycle drivers are also susceptible to experiencing “biker’s arm,” a nerve-based injury caused by wrapping the arms around the body in an attempt to protect it when falling. These and other injuries may cause permanent damage to the nerves that can lead to loss of sensation, loss of mobility, and even paralysis.
Whatever your injuries, a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm will be able to help you determine your future medical needs and seek compensation.
Understanding Your Options After an Accident
Because of the biases and stereotypes of reckless motorcyclists, you might feel like you don’t have any option but to accept blame. If someone or something else caused your wreck, however, you shouldn’t be the one to pay for the results of the accident.
Understanding the laws and your rights as a motorcyclist is imperative to your personal injury case. After an accident, having this information and retaining the services of a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected.
Who Caused Your Motorcycle Crash?
Determining fault for the wreck is essential to seeking compensation. If multiple parties were at fault, you could be entitled to more compensation than you realize. While other drivers are the most frequent culprits, they aren’t the only ones.
If your accident involved a pothole, steep shoulder drop-off, or something else related to poor road conditions, whoever is responsible for the road’s upkeep might be to blame. This is most often a government entity, but sometimes private businesses are contracted for this work.
It’s also possible that your motorcycle crash was caused by a defective part. In this scenario, the part manufacturer, distributor, or retailer could all bear some of the responsibility. Poor work performed by a mechanic could also factor in.
Your Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer will review your case and help you pinpoint where the responsibility lies. This will allow you to name all of the at-fault parties in your lawsuit.
Damages and Compensation
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have options. Long Island’s motorcycle laws give you the right to seek damages, either via an out-of-court settlement or in court through a personal injury lawsuit.
Other types of damages may include any of the following:
- Time lost at work
- Current and future medical bills
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Therapy for emotional and mental trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
Because of the severity of the injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents, you could be dealing with losses and damages for many years afterward. Sometimes, victims require therapy and other rehabilitative services for the rest of their lives.
An experienced Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer from our office can examine the details of your accident and ensure you get the compensation you need.
Long Island Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Answered below are a few of the questions we most commonly see. If you would like further information, please contact a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer from our office.
I hurt my head in a motorcycle accident but wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still sue?
Yes. However, you will most likely be found partially at fault for your injuries as you chose to not wear a helmet. It will be necessary to show that you would have been injured even if you had been wearing one.
Can I sue if my family member was killed in a motorcycle accident?
You may have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. New York only allows individuals with particular familial and financial relationships with the deceased to sue for wrongful death.
What if I’m no longer able to work after my motorcycle accident?
Your personal injury lawsuit should include compensation for your lost income—including future wages. If you’re no longer able to work, you might also be eligible to file a claim for disability income.
Contact a Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer with Experience
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we have the experience and qualifications necessary for successfully managing your motorcycle accident case in the best way possible. We’ll make sure you don’t become a victim of motorcycle rider stereotypes. You deserve to have those responsible for your crash held accountable.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can help. Don’t risk putting your health and wellbeing in the wrong person’s hands. Please fill out the form at the bottom or call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to get started.