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How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in NY?
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Getting into a motorcycle accident in NY usually involves very serious injuries resulting in expensive medical bills, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and a lot of stress. Moreover, many motorcycle crash victims don’t feel well enough to initiate a claim or consult a lawyer in the first few months after the accident.
Although Proner & Proner recommends getting legal support as soon as possible so that you can understand your options and be prepared, we also realize that many motorcycle crash victims need time to adjust. Although you don’t have all the time in the world, the attorneys of Proner & Proner will be ready for you to contact them at YOUR earliest convenience to inquire about getting the financial compensation you need for your motorcycle accident in New York City, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, or anywhere else in NY.
In New York state, there is a three-year time limit to file an injury claim for motorcycle accident incidents. This limit may be reduced to just two years if someone died in the accident and their family members want to file a wrongful death claim. The statute of limitations runs from the time of the police filing and documentation of the incident. Be aware that the insurance company may attempt to take advantage of these strict filing deadlines by delaying you. For instance, they may try to delay a response or purposefully offer settlements lower than they are willing to pay out just to get you to keep contacting them and renegotiating. The longer they can keep you waiting and get away with small settlement adjustments, the greater the danger of you not getting any settlement at all. Do not fall for this trap.
Not all medical conditions or injuries can be identified right after a motorcycle accident has occurred. Some injuries take time to show up on CT scans or through other medical testing such as blood testing, x-rays, or a professional medical examination of your symptoms.
Some classic examples of some of these medical conditions include:
If you experience any of these injuries after a New York motorcycle accident and ended up seeking medical attention at a later time once symptoms were experienced, you may be able to extend the statute of limitations to three years after the date of the medical diagnosis.
Knowing the statute of limitations is important for any personal injury case, especially NY motorcycle accident cases. It can help you to stay on top of your case, while also giving you the time to mentally handle and adapt to your traumatic situation. Proner & Proner in New York City will help you through every stressful step of your motorcycle accident claim. We can also help you with exceptions when medical issues did not immediately present themselves. Here at Proner & Proner in NYC, we value our clients’ time and do everything we can to make the motorcycle accident claims process an efficient and stress-free one. We also provide free consultations and are able to help you on your schedule.
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.