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Motorcycle Accidents in New York Without a Collision
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It can be challenged for victims to get financial compensation for New York motorcycle accidents that do not involve collisions. Liability in these cases is naturally harder to pinpoint on someone due to a lack of actual physical contact as additional evidence. To top it off, many drivers don’t notice motorcyclists leave before a victim has a chance. Most no-contact NYC motorcycle accidents involve a motorist not having full attention on the road. Negligent behavior, whether it results in a hit or not, still can cause serious accidents and catastrophic injuries for New York City motorcyclists. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident lacking a collision, call the experienced NYC motorcycle accident attorneys of Proner & Proner today at 212-500-1003.
When two or more motor vehicles are involved in an accident but don’t actually make contact, filing a lawsuit for financial compensation can be a lot more complicated. This is because it is harder to prove that the other party actually did something negligent when they didn’t actually strike the motorcyclist. Evidence of the accident is especially crucial to prove liability in these types of cases. This includes such things as diagramming the accident, taking pictures, and getting witness contact information to support your case. Calling the police and making sure to obtain a police report can also help.
Another issue is that because the other vehicle does not make contact and is often distracted, they often do not even realize they have caused a motorcycle accident. This only makes it more difficult to prove liability as they often drive off.
There are many instances in which a motorist can cause a motorcycle accident without striking the bike. Some of the common ways this can occur include:
In no-contact motorcycle accidents, it is often difficult to prove liability because it may be hard to even find the responsible individual. This is because they often keep on driving due to not noticing the motorcyclist in the first place. With how quickly these types of motorcycle accidents happen, it is very hard to catch a license plate, especially since the individual is often swerving and panicking. When you can’t hold a liable party responsible, it makes a case much more difficult. In New York state, personal injury protection insurance does not cover motorcycles, leaving motorcyclists with limited options for coverage unless the police find the negligent rider (who also has to be insured themselves). Finding the negligent party also tends to take months and is treated as a hit and run accident. When it takes that long to even find someone to sue, it can cause serious financial difficulties for the accident victim.
Motorcycle accident cases in NYC without collisions can be very difficult to win for injured victims. Difficulty in finding the liable party, challenges fighting insurance companies when a liable party isn’t found, and less evidence that can be used in a case due to lack of a hit can all be big challenges to a successful claim. A quality litigator like New York motorcycle accident lawyer Mitchell Proner can use his decades of knowledge and experience to tackle these hard cases and fight to get you the money you need to cover injury costs and to get back to your normal life. Call us today at 212-500-1003 or contact us here to get started with an initial, free-of-charge consultation about your New York City 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.