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Damages in Motorcycle Accidents

Recovering Financially After a New York Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist who is injured in an accident may be able to recover damages if he or she is able to successfully prove that the other driver caused the collision. The damages that an injured motorcyclist can recover are typical for the damages that can be recovered in most kinds of motor vehicle accidents.

Typically, a motorcyclist who is injured in an accident will hire an attorney to help him or her pursue compensation if the injuries and property damage are severe enough. Because motorcycles are smaller than and lack the protections of a passenger vehicle or truck, a motorcyclist who is involved in an accident is likely to suffer serious, long-lasting injuries.

Types of Damages

In any motorcycle accident, an injured rider can seek various types of compensation based on the injuries and/or property damage he or she has suffered. For example, the rider may seek damages for medical expenses incurred to treat his or her injuries. If the rider’s injuries cause him or her to be unable to work, he or she may be able to recover damages for his or her lost wages or earning capacity. The rider can also seek compensation for the damage to or destruction of his or her motorcycle. The rider may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Finally, if the circumstances of the accident warrant the at-fault driver being punished for his or her conduct, the injured motorcycle rider may be awarded punitive damages, as well.

Medical Expenses

When a motorcycle rider is injured in an accident, he or she may require surgery, physical and occupational therapy, and other ongoing medical assistance for his or her recovery. If the rider’s injuries are severe enough, he or she may require home health care or nursing facility care to cope with disabilities that are caused by the injuries. 

Lost Wages

If a rider’s injuries are severe enough, he or she may be forced to take time away from work during his or her recovery. If the rider does not have paid sick leave time, he or she may suffer lost income damages. When the injuries are severe enough to prevent the rider from being able to return to his or her old job and he or she suffers an ongoing earning in reductions as a result, the rider may be entitled to be compensated for his or her lost earning capacity or potential.

Property Damage

If the rider’s motorcycle is damaged or destroyed in the accident, he or she may be able to seek compensation for the cost to repair the motorcycle or for the value of the motorcycle at the time of the accident.

Pain and Suffering

Finally, an injured rider may be entitled to receive reasonable compensation for pain and suffering caused by injuries, disability, loss of body function or limbs, and emotional and psychological harm suffered as a result of the incident.

Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case In New York


Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York City, NY 10165 as well as offices in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

 

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