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To save your life as a motorcyclist, prominent nationwide motorcycle injury law firm Proner & Proner urges you to practice defensive driving even before you mount your bike.
Stay away from drunk driving altogether. This means you should not ride your motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, and you should avoid mingling with traffic in areas where you have reason to believe that excessive consumption of alcohol is underway — such as at a motorcycle rally.
Avoid speeding, and stay away from cars whose drivers are speeding. A few minutes saved by speeding are not worth the risk to your well-being and survival.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal motor vehicle accidents decreased slightly between 1994 and 2008, from 36,254 in 1994 to 34,172 in 2008. During that same timeframe, however, fatal motorcycle accidents increased from 2,320 per year to 5,312 per year. In other words, fatal motorcycle accidents made up approximately 1/7 of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2008.
These statistics confirm what we have observed anecdotally through our Bronx motorcycle accident law practice. If a loved one was among the more than 5,000 motorcyclists killed this year, we hope that you draw a bit of comfort knowing that your family is not alone in your loss.
We understand, however, that you need much more than comfort from our law firm in New York City, NY. You are likely to need compensation to handle the financial needs that a sudden death in the family brings about for most people. We bring wrongful death claims on behalf of surviving family members of fatal motorcycle accident victims.
Perhaps your loved one practiced these and other safety tips when operating a motorcycle — but was killed by an inattentive driver. Your family deserves answers — and compensation.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in the Bronx, NYC, or anywhere else in New York, contact the attorneys of Proner & Proner. At our national personal injury firm, our attorneys are well-qualified to represent you in any car, truck or motorcycle accident case.
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.