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Motorcycle Accidents

WHEN YOU SHOULD HIRE A NEW YORK LAWYER SPECIALIZING IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Motorcycle Accidents

When you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the state of New York, it is important to understand the laws that regulate motorcycle operation and people who drive motorcycles in this state. Filing an insurance claim can be complicated, and the laws that regulate personal injury claims in motorcycle accidents may also be daunting. That’s why having the help of a legal professional is an important step to recovering the compensation that you are due as the result of an accident with a motorcycle. The dedicated experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates of New York can help unravel the complexities of your case and help you to win meaningful compensation for your motorcycle accident related injuries.

New York Motorcycle Laws

One aspect of recovery for an accident with a motorcycle that is unique about the state of New York is that the laws that go into motion after a motorcycle accident are not the same as the ones that apply to a motor vehicle accident like a car or bus. There are also many laws that those who ride motorcycles must obey, including a helmet law requiring the use of a helmet any time the individual is riding a motorcycle. Obeying these laws will help you if you’re ever in an accident with your motorcycle, and for that reason, you should obey all of these laws to the letter when riding a motorcycle in New York.

You must also file your insurance claim and lawsuit as soon as possible in order to be more credible in a court action. The statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident, but you should call a lawyer right after the accident occurs to secure the best opportunity to recover for your losses, especially if another party is at fault for your loss.

Common Causes of Accidents

Always remember that riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous because of the exposure of the rider to the road and vulnerability risks of a motorcycle rider in the event of a collision. Motorcycles have no outer body, no airbags, and no seatbelts, and for that reason, the rider must exercise extra caution when operating a motorcycle. Common causes of accidents include:

  • Defects in the road – Uneven road surfaces or cracks and potholes in the road can cause a motorcycle to skid or turn over.
  • Alcohol or substance abuse – Drinking or taking drugs may impair the judgment of either the driver of a vehicle that collides with a motorcycle or the other way around.
  • Bad weather – Rain, snow or ice can cause a motorcycle to slide off course and collide with a vehicle or turn over and injure the driver.
  • Motorcycle malfunction – A poorly maintained motorcycle may have failing brakes or tires that blow out, causing an accident.

Riding a motorcycle safely always requires adequate training and good judgment on the part of the driver and has the expectation that the drivers on the road are willing to use caution and share the roads and highways with the motorcycle riders as well.

Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcycle injuries are often severe and debilitating due to the vulnerability of riders on the nation’s roads. While wearing a helmet does protect the rider from head injuries to a certain extent, serious spinal injuries can still occur if a motorcycle rider is thrown from a motorcycle in an accident. Fractures of the long bones of the legs and arms and skin abrasions are also common and may require a long recovery and latent physical therapy sessions. Burns may also occur to the body of the motorcycle rider, which can result from engine explosions, associated fires or collisions with other trucks or cars at the accident scene. These injuries may mean extensive time off work as well as major rehabilitation, which makes it even more important to get adequate compensation when a motorcycle loss is suffered by a victim.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation with an Expert Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in New York Today

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in New York today. The legal professionals at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates will answer any questions you may have regarding motorcycle accidents, recoveries, and how fault is determined for the loss. Our law firm offers more than forty years of experience and we will thoroughly investigate your unique case to discover all sources of compensation. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding New York communities. Call us at 800-544-0484 and let us give you reliable legal guidance today for injuries suffered as a result of a motorcycle accident

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