Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
Seek Compensation with Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyers
We Serve All Of New York State & New Jersey
Motorcycle accidents are almost always serious in nature, resulting in comas, head injuries, paralysis, or death. These accidents can create significant physical and emotional trauma for the accident victim, and financial strain on the entire family. At the New York Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our attorneys help injured clients and families of fatal motorcycle crash victims through the distressing time following an accident. No matter the situation pertaining to your accident, we can help you move forward and seek the compensation you deserve to cover costs resulting from your injury.
Our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys recognize that many times, serious motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist, but rather the fault of other negligent drivers on the road. We work to hold negligent drivers accountable for causing motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Negligence May Involve
- Drivers fail to see motorcycles
- Drivers cut motorcyclists off, causing the motorcycle to swerve into the ditch
- Drivers are inattentive and rear end a motorcycle at a stop light
- Drivers overtake part of the lane which the motorcycle is in
- Negligently manufactured or defective tires cause a tire blowout
How Can I Get My Medical Bills Covered?
Individuals injured in car accidents have the protection of no fault insurance to cover the financial damage caused by their injuries. However, individuals involved in motorcycle accidents are not afforded this protection. People often worry how they will recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages without such coverage. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates answer our clients’ questions and calm their anxieties. We take on the task of pursuing liability and compensation so that our clients can concentrate on their recovery or caring for their injured family members.
If a loved one has sustained a traumatic injury, such as a spinal cord injury, severe road rash requiring surgery, or a brain injury, our firm can fight for you. If a loved one has died in a fatal motorcycle accident, our lawyers can guide you through a wrongful death lawsuit.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT QUESTION AND ANSWERS
Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident?
Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident differs depending on the laws of the state the accident occurred in. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in a no-fault state, you will need to file a claim with your own insurance company to be compensated for your injuries. In fault-based states, you need to file a claim with the insurance company of the driver at fault. The degree of fault each driver is assigned can play a significant factor in deciding how much each party is responsible for paying out in fault based states. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can advise you about the fault standards in your state.
How much is a motorcycle accident worth?
No two motorcycle accidents are alike so motorcycle accident settlements can vary greatly. There are several factors that contribute to the value of your auto accident claim including road conditions, driver negligence, and the fault standards of your state.
While there is not a true mathematical formula that will give you an estimate of what your motorcycle accident is worth, you can expect better results with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who will effectively build your case to maximize the amount you can receive.
Motorcycle Accident Settlement Examples
$100,000 motorcycle accident settlement – A 13-year-old boy was walking down the sidewalk when motorcycle took a left turn into the path of an oncoming car. The bike flew over the hood and landed on the boy, breaking the boy’s leg. The insurance company of the motorcycle driver had tendered $100,000 before a lawsuit was filed.
$200,000 motorcycle accident settlement – A man was injured when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle. His lawyer successfully negotiated a settlement of $200,000 and substantial discounts of subrogation claims with the victim’s medical insurance.
How many motorcycle accidents are there?
In 2014, 4,486 motorcyclists lost their lives on America’s roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you are 37 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than a car accident – and nine times more likely to become injured while riding a motorcycle than while driving a car. Here are some startling motorcycle accidents statistics on how many motorcycle accidents there are in the U.S.:
NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists in 2013. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 715 lives could have been saved.
Twenty-five percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were riding their vehicles without valid motorcycle licenses at the time of the collisions.
In 2013, there were 4,399 motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,232 (28%) were alcohol-impaired (BAC of .08 or higher).
In 2013, 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding
Why hire a motorcycle accident attorney? When to hire a motorcycle accident attorney?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident that resulted in injury or monetary loss a personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accident cases can help you go up against the negligent party, their insurance companies and their lawyers. Your personal injury attorney knows the laws and procedures to handle your legal issues and acts as your advocate throughout the case. If you have suffered severe injuries, faced expensive medical bills, or have experienced loss of wages due to an accident, it is time to hire an experienced accident attorney.
How to hire a motorcycle accident attorney?
When choosing a personal injury attorney to handle your motorcycle accident look for a lawyer who focuses on personal injury accidents. Search online by an attorney’s name and firm to see what others are saying and if there have been complaints. Once you hire an attorney, evaluate your comfort level in communicating with the attorney and take into consideration how they treat your case. If you feel your lawyer is not available to you or doesn’t return your calls in a timely manner, and you feel uneasy about their ability to add your case to their caseload it may be time to hire a new attorney.
DISCLAIMER: This website includes general information about legal issues and is not intended to be legal advice. Website content is for informational purpose only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These informational materials must not be taken as legal advice on any specific set of facts or circumstances. Any examples of cases and settlements are informational samples and are not cases handled by this law office. Contact a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction for advice on specific legal issues.