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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in NY?
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Estimating the amount of time that will pass in your NY motorcycle accident case before you get your settlement can be challenging. It can all happen very quickly when you have strong evidence and quality lawyers on your side, or it can be delayed and dragged out due to difficult defendants, poor communication with insurance companies, unclear or hard-to-obtain evidence, etc. Although most motorcycle accident victims in NYC, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens want to get their claims over with as soon as possible, the timing involved is something you won’t usually be able to control.
With the proper evidence, organization, and patience, the New York City attorneys at Proner & Proner can get you the financial coverage you need for the costs related to your motorcycle accident injuries. Call or email to work with us, and we will do our best to make your claim a fast, efficient, and successful one.
There are three major areas of a motorcycle accident case that tend to determine how long it will take to receive a proper claim settlement for your injuries: medical treatment, evidence gathering, and insurance company response times. Each of these areas is often out of the injured motorcyclist’s control, so patience can be key to getting the compensation you really need.
You don’t want to go to court for a settlement before you know exactly how much coverage you are going to need. Depending on the severity of your injuries or medical conditions, treatment can take quite a long time. (Sometimes, future costs must be estimated to avoid going past the statute of limitations.) There are a wide variety of costs that can be incurred medically, including appointments, follow-ups, hospital stays, surgeries, anesthesia, testing, medication, physical therapy, psychological assessment and treatment, reconstruction, etc.
Different injuries take different times to show themselves or for the victim to fully recover. For instance, having road rash is quite a bit different from broken bones, which is even more different from a complicated situation involving facial reconstruction or burn recovery (and often involving many consecutive surgeries).
Professionals all work at different speeds, and analyzing a motorcycle accident scenario scientifically and thoroughly can take time. Analyzing and inspecting a motorcycle or car after an accident for stats, airbag functionality, speed, etc. often must be conducted to get important evidence. Witnesses are not always immediately available for testimonies, and we must work around their schedules. Timeframes can also be determined by how complicated the situation is and how difficult certain professionals or witnesses are to work with.
Insurance companies often purposefully give NY motorcycle accident victims and their legal support a hard time. They don’t want to pay out for their liable party, so they typically have their own strong legal support working diligently to disprove liability for the motorcycle accident. They also will purposefully delay responses to give themselves more time for evidence gathering or to simply to delay payment and increase the pressure on the motorcycle accident victim to settle.
We know your time is important to you. Legal situations in NY motorcycle accident cases can be long and strenuous. Let the NYC attorneys at Proner & Proner help ease your stress. We are organized, experienced, and have the workforce and financial assets behind us to handle cases quickly and efficiently. Most motorcycle accident cases never even go to court, which means insurance companies will usually cooperate with proper legal defense. Our team of dedicated attorneys can help you get back on your feet. Call or email us today.
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.