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How Do I Report My Motorcycle Accident?

You’re out for a ride, then BAM – someone hits you. While motor vehicle accidents are nothing new, motorcycle accidents are far too often the result of a negligent and reckless driver. If you’re a motorcyclist who was injured while out for a ride, contact Proner & Proner for a free consultation. We have more than five decades of experience in representing motorcycle accident victims. We’re riders ourselves and understand that while your recovery is always of utmost importance after a motorcycle accident, you’re likely going to have a ton of questions that deserve answers. 

Filing a Motorist Accident Report in New York

In the state of New York, drivers are required to file an accident report if the damage to the property of one individual (including yourself) is more than $1,000. It’s important to note that this motorist accident report needs to be filed within 10 days of the accident. 

In addition to the requirements set forth by the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law, individuals must exchange their insurance information and other identifying information such as driver’s license and registration with all drivers involved if the crash only resulted in damaged property. This report does not necessarily implicate fault for anyone, but rather, serves as a record of the event. This appears on all the records of the drivers involved. 

You can obtain a copy of this report by visiting your local police station. 

Gather Medical Records and Other Documentation

In addition to the motorist accident report, other forms of documentation are vital to your personal injury claim. Immediately following a motorcycle accident, you should always seek medical attention. Doing so will not only treat any injuries you may have sustained such as brain injuries or road rash, but also indicate the severity of your injuries. It’s important to keep all records of hospital bills, medication bills, and other medical bills you’ve accumulated during your recovery. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have needed additional help in taking care of your daily responsibilities such as house maintenance, chores, transportation and childcare. If you hired additional help in the form of a maid, babysitter, keep documentation. 

Outside of your medical records, it’s important to collect as much evidence as you can about the accident. This includes:

  • Taking pictures of the scene
  • Witness testimonies, if available
  • Drawing a diagram of how the accident occurred while it’s fresh in your mind
  • Exchanging information with the other driver

It’s important to gather all of this information because they can count toward your settlement and paint a clear picture of the severity of your injuries and the impact the motorcycle accident has had on you, your family, and your ability to work and resume normal activities. 

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. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. 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, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, 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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