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How to Report a Motorcycle Accident and File a Claim in NY
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Right after you experience a motorcycle accident in New York City, you may be overwhelmed, injured, scared, and unsure about what to do. You may have lost a loved one. This emotional chaos and stress can cause you to miss important things that could help your case later. You could also make a mistake that creates legal difficulties and makes it harder to fight the insurance companies. The experienced attorneys at Proner & Proner are experts and specialize in NYC motorcycle accident cases. They are here to help guide you through this stressful situation step by step.
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When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should always do is get to safety and seek medical attention immediately. If you have been injured in any serious way, or if you have hit your head (which could result in brain damage or internal bleeding that may not be immediately noticeable), go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center. Nothing is more important than your health and general well-being.
After ensuring your own health and safety, it is important to immediately call and report your motorcycle accident to the local NYC police. If you are not suffering from any serious injuries, you can do this once you are in a safe place off the road. The officers should make sure to file the report in detail and get all needed information. You can also contact police on the way to a medical facility if you have suffered injuries and were unable to remain at the accident scene.
If you are not suffering from serious injuries and you have not hit your head during the accident, it is important to try and gather as much information and evidence of your own. Police officers can make mistakes. Having more evidence means a better chance to have a successful claim and get the most money from it. If you are unable to get evidence from the scene, you can always ask the police to gather anything you think they might not otherwise look for.
Take pictures of the entire scene and both vehicles in detail, draw a diagram showcasing what occurred while it is fresh in your mind, and get witness testimonies and their contact information if any witnesses are on the scene. Also, get the other party’s information, including insurance policy, license plate number, name, and contact information, etc. Additionally, you should determine if the car had a dashboard cam and make sure to obtain that video or get the police to do so.
There is evidence to be collected besides the evidence from the scene of the motorcycle accident. Hold on to any medical bills, therapy bills, prescription medication, expenditures for help like maids or babysitters, late bill fees, ambulance fees, records of follow-up appointments, property damage assessments, lost wages, and even time taken by family to help you. Time is money and you can be compensated for it. Anything that has been a direct result of the motorcycle accident — meaning anything that costs you time, money, or future benefits — can count toward your settlement. It can also be helpful to take photos of your injuries over time and create a medical journal documenting your experiences and your road to recovery. Details like this can more accurately show the suffering the motorcycle accident has caused you.
BEFORE contacting the other person’s insurance company, contact an experienced New York City motorcycle accident lawyer at Proner & Proner. You want to make sure you know all your rights, the laws, and what your options are. Insurance companies are NOT your friends and will look for loopholes or ways to decrease the settlement offer. You have no legal obligation to continue with any lawyer you call, and Proner & Proner offers free consultations and has the expertise to get you the information you need. Plus, did you know that people who use lawyers to settle their motorcycle accident claims often get 3x the amount of money?
The experienced New York City attorneys at Proner & Proner can help you get a settlement offer from either the person’s insurance company or from yours. After all details are on the table and the initial offer is received, you and Mitchell Proner can work together to decide whether to go to court or to work with the insurance company to get you the best possible settlement.
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Always get an initial check-up after the motorcycle accident and keep up with any recommended medical appointments and/or treatment, as insurance companies can claim your injuries aren’t from the accident if you fail to do so. Also, be aware that there is a time limit (statute of limitations) for filing, so talk to a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.
There are also many things you should consider before suing, including liability, injury level, insurance policies of both parties, presence of any medical issues, damages to the motorcycle, and any financial and personal burdens brought on as a result of the motorcycle accident.
Finally, be aware that most New York motorcycle accidents never go to court. The skilled lawyers at Proner & Proner use the gathered evidence and their skills to get insurance companies to give you the best offer you should receive, without needing to file a lawsuit. Regardless of whether you go to court, however, rest assured that if you choose Proner & Proner to assist with your NY motorcycle accident claim, you will be in the best possible legal hands.
Have any other questions about your New York City motorcycle accident case? Then consult with one of the experienced NYC motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner & Proner now. We are available 24 hours a day! Call (800) 776-5291 or contact Proner & Proner using this form.
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.