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If you have been in a motorcycle accident in New York, it is important to be prepared to document everything and know in detail what is needed to make sure you get sufficient financial compensation for your motorcycle crash injury claim. Knowing what to do and what not to do can make all the difference in the court of law. You can prepare yourself by reading the following 10-step guide and additional tips. You can also call the experienced NYC motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner & Proner at 212-500-1003 for legal advisement on your next steps and to get legal support in fighting liable parties to cover medical and other monetary costs.
The following list of guidelines will help make sure you cover all your bases after a motorcycle accident by making sure you don’t miss crucial evidence for your claim and helping the legal side of things go more smoothly and positively.
1. After getting to safety, seek medical treatment: It is important to seek health care as soon as possible after getting injured in a motorcycle accident, not just for your own well-being but also for your injury claim. Insurance companies often try to pull a fast one by accusing a motorcycle accident victim of having greater medical costs only because they did not get treated, or by trying to make a case that the delayed treatment was because the injury did not come from the motorcycle accident.
2. Do not discuss your motorcycle accident case with anyone besides your personal doctor and legal advisor: It is important to only discuss any part of your case with your trusted doctor and legal advisor. What you say can get out there and be used against you in your case.
3. Take pictures of everything and anything relevant ASAP: It is important to take pictures of everything at the motorcycle accident scene, including the location, vehicles, injuries, road hazards, traffic lights, etc. You want to do this soon after the accident, before the scene is altered by outside sources. This will ensure that evidence is clear and as close as possible to the moment of the motorcycle accident.
4. Record all witness information: Witnesses can be crucial in motorcycle accident cases, especially with the bias that surrounds these types of accidents. Write down the full names, contact information, and license plates of anyone who has stopped and witnessed the accident. If they refuse to provide their information, take a picture of their license plate because they can be required to go to court regardless of their initial cooperation.
5. Make a diagram of the accident scene: Diagrams are often very helpful for your lawyer and for the case to get a clear idea of exactly what occurred. It can also help your lawyer see the location and moment of impact and be aware of road hazards.
6. Call the police and obtain a copy of the police report: If the police weren’t called by someone else, do it yourself. A proper police report is useful for a case, as these reports have authority and are considered to be professional and important evidence. Make sure to obtain a copy after the accident, and make sure that the report is accurate.
7. Keep a record of all medical expenses: Keep a folder with receipts and bills for all medical expenses, including insurance bills, copays, therapy bills, prescription medication receipts, etc. You won’t get compensated for medical costs if you are unable to prove you incurred those costs.
8. Keep all medical evidence: Medical evidence of your injuries or medical conditions are also important. Proof that you were actually seriously injured can play an important role in a motorcycle accident case, so be sure to keep prescription bottles, letters, and emails from doctors, x-rays, photos of injuries and injury progress, etc.
9. Document lost wages or school time: You can also be compensated for other monetary losses, such as lost time at work or loss of progress in college where you pay tuition. Document all time out of work or school and any financial loss related to the lost time.
10. Record all out-of-pocket costs related to injury care, time spent by others, and pain and suffering: Make sure to consider any other costs that were directly related to your motorcycle accident injury, both financial and time related. Paid help, daycare for children, outside therapy, time spent by family members to care for you, and emotional support animals are all examples of these costs. If your pain and suffering are serious and include loss of time with family, loss of career advancement, lack of intimacy with partner, etc., these can also be considered.
Here are some other tips on handling your NYC motorcycle accident claim:
There are so many things to gather evidence for and so many other factors to keep in mind when trying to get financial coverage for costs you’ve incurred as a result of your NYC motorcycle accident injuries. Having an experienced New York City motorcycle accident lawyer will ensure that you have the best chance for the greatest possible compensation in your accident claim. Proner & Proner can help advise you on evidence gathering, and we can send out professionals ourselves. We can make sure to advise you on what to do and say, as well as what not to say, to help keep your case running smoothly. Call our NY office at 212-500-1003 or contact us online to talk to a lawyer who will dedicate themselves to your case 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.
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