Maximize Your Recovery with a New York Personal Injury Lawyer
New York City is a great place to explore on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are extremely fuel efficient and can provide a sense of excitement that can’t be matched in a traditional car or truck. Unfortunately, this mode of transportation is inherently more dangerous than traveling in an enclosed vehicle, and when accidents occur, the injuries involved are usually severe.
If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney on your side. You should seek legal representation as soon as possible – regardless of the severity of your injuries. With over three decades of legal experience and a dedication to achieve positive outcomes for all of our clients, Dansker & Aspromonte should be your first choice for legal representation.
The Risk of the Road for Motorcycle Riders
Did you know that motorcyclists are nearly 26 times more likely to die in a crash than a person in a car or truck, and they are 5 times more likely to be injured? While the number of fatalities for people in automobiles has declined steadily since 1999, the fatality rate for motorcyclists involved in accidents has more than doubled since then. In addition to the obvious lack of physical protection, motorcyclists face some unique problems while on the road:
- Rider skill level. Motorcycles require significantly more physical coordination and skill to operate than a car, and many accidents are caused due to the rider’s lack of fundamental riding skills.
- Road hazards. Potholes, puddles, debris, and oil slicks might be minor hazards for automobiles, but they can pose major issues for motorcyclists.
- Visual recognition. Motorcycles are easily obscured by other vehicles, poor weather conditions, and other factors that make them harder to see than a full-sized car or truck.
- Wobble accidents. At high speeds, the front end of a motorcycle may wobble or become unstable due to misalignment.
While proper training, wearing reflective motorcycle gear, and adequate motorcycle maintenance can help to reduce the chance of a motorcycle accident, no amount of preparation will be able to completely eliminate the risk of a crash.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Since motorcycles have no protection against external forces, riders often sustain severe and brutal injuries as a result of an accident. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Abrasions and lacerations, often referred to as “road rash”
- Broken bones, including those in the extremities and the skull
- Neck, head, and spinal injuries, which could lead to paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury
In some cases, if the upper or lower extremities sustain severe damage, motorcyclists may require amputation. Regardless of the extent of your injury, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
New York Motorcycle Helmet Laws
The leading cause of death in a motorcycle accident is head injury, so wearing a helmet is a necessity for any motorcycle operator. In the State of New York, it is also the law – anyone that is operating a motorcycle in New York needs to wear a DOT-approved helmet with eye protection.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, one of the first things that your insurance company or the insurer of another motorist will want to know is whether or not you were wearing a helmet. If you were not, and it is thought that the absence of a helmet may have contributed to your injuries, you may be barred from receiving a portion of your eligible compensation.
New York follows a comparative negligence system. This provides that those injured in a motorcycle accident may still recover a percentage of damages for which they weren’t responsible. For example, if it is determined that you were 10% responsible for your injuries, possibly due to failure to wear a helmet, you still may be able to recover the remaining 90% of your damages from another liable party. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you to navigate these complexities.
Dansker & Aspromonte is the Premiere NYC Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
At Dansker & Aspromonte, we have handled motorcycle cases for all parties involved, including operators and pedestrians that have been struck by motorcycles. We have won millions of dollars for motorcycle accident victims, allowing them to move on with their lives. From medical expenses to lost wages and the recovery of personal effects, we work hard to get you the maximum award on your case.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, let one of our NYC personal injury attorneys evaluate your case. We offer free consultations and will determine if you have a viable cause of action that we can help you to pursue. We never charge fees until your case is either won or settled.