Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Injured in a New York or New Jersey Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are almost always serious in nature, resulting in comas, head injuries, paralysis, or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a person is 28 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than in a car accident and 9 times more likely to be injured riding a motorcycle than driving a car. Motorcycle 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 lawyers help injured motorcyclists, as well as the families of motorcycle crash victims who tragically lost their lives, 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 motorcycle accident lawyers 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 and to aggressively pursue maximum compensation for motorcycle crash victims and their families.
Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Caused by Others’ Negligence:
- Drivers fail to see motorcycles
- Drivers cut motorcyclists off, causing the motorcycle to swerve into the ditch, median or other lane
- 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 in a Motorcycle Accident?
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, making it even more important that a motorcycle accident victim or their family contact an experienced lawyer right away. The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates first answer our clients’ questions and calm their anxieties, then quickly 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 you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic injury, such as a spinal cord injury, broken bones, severe road rash requiring surgery, or a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, our firm can fight for you to receive the treatment you need and compensation you deserve. If a loved one has died in a fatal motorcycle accident, our experienced lawyers can competently and compassionately guide you through a wrongful death lawsuit.
We accept motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay no attorney fees unless we recover money for you. Please give us a call at 718-509-6816 or contact us online today for a free consultation with one of our experienced accident attorneys.
Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident FAQs
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.
How Many Motorcycle Accidents are There?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,286 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes on America’s roads in 2016, which is up 5.1 percent from 5,029 in 2015. Motorcycle fatalities increased for the second year in a row and are at the highest level since 2008, when 5,312 people died in motorcycle crashes.
Personal safety factors to consider that impact motorcycle accident fatality statistics include:
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 caused by another person’s negligence 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.