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After being in business for over 60 years, Proner & Proner has dealt with countless motorcycle accident cases in New York City. Although we have seen a lot of unique cases, most clients come to us with accidents that have consistently similar circumstances and causality. As a motorcycle rider, you should be aware of the dangers that could put you at risk for a motorcycle accident, as well as the steps you can take to prevent these accidents in the first place. You can also find out if your case is something we have consistently received quality settlements for in the past. Email Proner & Proner today for a free consultation, or call us at our NYC office.
Motorcycles are a lot smaller than cars and trucks, which makes riders less obvious on the road and more susceptible to experiencing a motor vehicle accident. Being smaller not only decreases the visibility of the rider, but also means that in an accident, impact will be much more serious for the motorcycle rider. Natural laws of force say that an equal and opposite force will be applied to the motorcyclist from the car and vice versa.
A motorcycle does not surround its rider on all sides, meaning that there is greater risk for the rider being sent flying after impact. Additionally, lack of seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features that cars usually have can increase the risk of serious injury in a motorcycle crash. Although wearing a helmet can definitely help prevent injury (especially neck and brain injuries), it does not negate the extra risks that motorcycle riders take.
There are a wide variety of dangers on the road and ways that people can get into motorcycle accidents. This is a list of some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New York City:
If you want to avoid a future motorcycle accident, it is important to know the common causes and take safety measures. The attorneys at Proner & Proner believe that the following list of behaviors will drastically reduce motorcycle accidents in NYC. These precautions include:
You can’t always prevent a motorcycle accident from happening to you, as you are only in control of your own driving behaviors. Regardless, not being another reckless driver on the road will significantly reduce your risk.
Motorcyclists are often at greater risk for an accident involving serious injuries than other motorists on the road in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Even with proper precautions, accidents happen. For motorcyclists, those accidents often result in serious consequences. With time out of work and medical bills stacking up, you need experienced New York accident attorneys like the attorneys at Proner & Proner in NYC to get the job done right. We will look over your case, advise you on the next steps, and help you get money from the liable party to cover the damages and get you back on your feet.
Motorcycle Accident Verdicts & Settlements
We understand motorcyclists because we ride. And we understand that when things go wrong on a motorcycle, often it’s not the motorcyclist’s fault. Here are some of our successes in getting compensation for riders.
Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic
Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery
Male, 47: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car pulling into the roadway.
Injuries: Two broken legs
Male, 52: Wrongful death
Our client was killed in an intersection accident.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Male, 23: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a right turning car.
Injuries: Broken wrist
Male: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
The defendant made a left turn into the path of our client, who was riding a motorcycle
Injuries: Broken ankle
Male, 36: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
The defendant’s vehicle collided with our client’s motorcycle.
Injuries: Surgery to the client’s leg, 20 stitches on his right foot
Male, 48: Motorcyclist loss of control
Our client was driving his motorcycle on the BQE and crashed into a HOV lane divider that did not have adequate warnings in front of it.
Injuries: Intracranial skull fracture; multiple facial fractures, multiple rib fractures
Male, 32: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was riding his motorcycle when he was cut off by a car making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Fractured right ankle, road rash
Female, 40: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was on a motorcycle, about to overtake legally, when a car made a U-turn and stuck the client.
Injuries: Mild traumatic brain injury, compression fracture in spine, permanent scarring
Male, 26: Motorcyclist loss of control
Our client was on his motorcycle where he went over a metal plate which had dirt and gravel on it - causing his bike to slip out from under him.
Injuries: Fractured left ankle requiring surgery
Male, 24: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was going straight on through a green light on his motorcycle when he was struck by a car coming from the opposite side making a left turn.
Injuries: Fractured right femur, ruptured testicle that had to be removed
Male, 34: Motorcyclist hit by vehicle
Our client was side swiped by 81-year-old defendant driver.
Injuries: Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
Male, 24: Motorcyclist loss of control
Our client laid down his motorcycle after he claimed the car being driven by the defendant went through a stop sign.
Injuries: Shoulder injury
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.