Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The New York motorcycle accident lawyers at Aronova & Associates understand the chaos and unanswered questions that follow in the aftermath of a serious collision. Don’t wrestle with the question of how it all happened on your own. Sometimes liability is tricky to untangle and involves not only other drivers, but the state government, vehicle manufacturers, or other third parties you might not consider. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are fully prepared to:
- Conduct thorough investigations
- Review medical records
- Secure expert witnesses
- Help you obtain quality medical care with no unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses
- Prepare all court-related documents
- Settle claims for MAXIMUM VALUE!
Contact us for a free consultation. Remember, you pay nothing for our services unless we win your case!
New York motorcycle accident statistics
- Every day, New York State emergency rooms treat 11 people for motorcycle accident injuries – 4,000/year!
- Hospital visit from motorcycle accidents result in $80 million in annual charges.
- Per mile, motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than automobile passengers.
- On average, 166 people die in New York State motorcycle crashes each year.
- Unsafe speed is the leading factor, contributing to 17% of motorcycle accidents.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
A motorcycle accident brain injury can result in lasting and serious impairment or even death. However, you don’t need to be the victim of a motorcycle accident head injury to file a lawsuit against negligent parties. We’ve seen all sorts of other catastrophic motorcycle injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Burns and road rash
- Lost limbs
- Muscle tears
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforation
- Paralysis, ruptured discs, and spinal injuries
- Skin and lung irritation
These accidents can place severe strain on family finances, which is why it’s so important to pursue your legal right to compensation if there is a chance the accident was not 100% your fault.
Who is at fault in motorcycle accidents?
About half of the motorcycle crashes involve just the motorcyclist, but that doesn’t automatically make the accident the driver’s fault. Sometimes another vehicle is following too closely or driving aggressively around the motorcyclist. Sometimes roads are poorly maintained by the state or poorly designed by engineers. Repair technicians may not have done their job to industry safety standards, or motorcycle manufacturing defects may have led to vehicle malfunction.
When another driver is involved, it is not uncommon to see multiple factors contributing to the crash, including:
- Alcohol or substance use
- Cell phone use or other distractions
- Driver fatigue or inattention
- History of speeding and other traffic infractions
- Poor vision or visibility
- Reckless driving habits like following too closely, swerving, or failure to yield right of way
- Temporary lapse in judgement
Injured motorcyclists and their families have the right to sue for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Aronova & Associates is a valuable partner in assessing and proving liability. Our large legal team is equipped to check out the scene of the accident with a reconstruction expert and photographer to find crucial evidence. We can interview witnesses, gather everything on record, and work with insurance providers to find out what benefits you have coming your way.
NY laws relevant to motorcycle accident lawsuits
New York State laws pertaining to motorcycle crashes may include:
- Statute of Limitations – State statute of limitations are designed to protect citizens from frivolous or difficult-to-verify lawsuits that arise long after memories have faded and proof is difficult to find. In New York State, you have up to three years after the collision to sue for personal injuries or property damage. Surviving family members have up to two years to pursue a wrongful death claim.
- Legal Requirements to Ride – To operate a motorcycle in the state of New York, you must possess a Class M or MJ motorcycle license, wear a safety helmet and protective eyewear, maintain working lights, and carry adequate insurance. The state minimum requirements are $10,000 for personal injury, $25,000 per accident, and $10,000 for property damage.
- Comparative negligence – Our state’s pure comparative negligence law allows victims to recover damages, regardless of their own fault in the collision. Even if you were 80% at fault, you can still recover 20% of the award.
What is the average motorcycle accident settlement?
When applicable, a fair motorcycle accident settlement should include compensation for:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses, including medication and surgery
- Lost income, reduced earning capacity, and disability
- Long-term rehabilitation costs and therapies
- Home modifications and assistive technology to accommodate disability
- Pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of guidance, loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
Every accident has its own unique characteristics, so it’s difficult to come up with an “average motorcycle accident settlement”, but the lawyers at Aronova & Associates have access to a database of local verdicts and settlements to determine if the compensation being offered is fair. According to Jury Verdict Research (published by Thomson Reuters), the median motorcycle injury verdict after trial (1999-2006) was $73,700. We’ve seen $300,000 verdicts for soft tissue injuries, as well as $1.6 million verdicts for crushed vertebrae and nerve damage, so it all depends on the circumstances.
Need to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in New York?
When you need a motorcycle accident lawyer, NYC attorneys at Aronova & Associates won’t let you down. We offer expert legal counsel and representation in multiple languages, including Spanish, Creole, French, Russian, and Greek. We know the local court system inside and out, with more than a decade of experience fighting for local accident victim rights.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys know the local court system inside and out, with more than a decade of experience fighting for crash victim rights. We can help you find appropriate medical treatment, negotiate with insurers for a fair settlement that covers the true cost of injury, and collect all the necessary evidence to win a lawsuit. Do not delay in calling for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We are here to assist any way we can!
Additional “Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit” Resources:
- NHTSA – Motorcycles http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811639.pdf
- NY Department of Health – Motorcycle Data, https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/children/toolkits/motorcycles/nys_motorcycle_data.htm
- NYSDMV – Special Rules For Motorcycles, https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-training/motorcycle-manual-motorcycle-licenses-ownership-special-rules