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Motorcycle Accidents In NY Without A Collision

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 motorcyclists

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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.

Proving Liability And Negligence Is Crucial In Non-Collision Motorcycle Accident Cases In New York City

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.

Examples Of NYC Motorcycle Accidents Where The Rider Wasn’t Actually Hit By Another Motorist

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:

to them and changing lanes or making other maneuvers quickly to cause the motorcyclist to have to dodge out of the way and resulting in a crash. This is especially common when a motorist does not use turn signals. It is similar to a rear-end accident without an actual collision.

by going too fast or not yielding the right of way, causing a motorcyclist to have to move around the other vehicle or to get out of the way. For instance, at a four-way stop sign intersection, a driver may not be paying attention properly to the motorcyclist and move forward even when the motorcyclist has the right of way.

such as looking at a cell phone while driving toward a red light and blowing the light, causing a motorcyclist who started to go on green to have to swerve around the distracted driver.

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Difficulty Of Proving Fault Of The Responsible Driver In A Non-Contact Motorcycle Accident In NYC

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.

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NYC Motorcyclists Involved In No-Contact Motorcycle Accidents Choose Attorney Mitchell Proner To Tackle Naturally Difficult Cases

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.

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FAQs About Motorcycle Accidents

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about motorcycle accidents and injuries in New York.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against injury in a motorcycle crash is to wear proper safety equipment. High-quality safety gear can significantly reduce the risk of injury for motorcycle riders. So, consider wearing a helmet, goggles, a mouthpiece, gloves, boots, knee pads, hip pads, and a motorcycle jacket when you ride your bike.

A helmet that covers your entire face will protect you against traumatic brain injury, goggles will shield your eyes from the elements while you ride and ensure that your vision is unblocked, gloves will prevent lacerations to your hands if you are thrown from your bike or if the bike skids on the roadway, and a motorcycle jacket with bright colors will protect your upper body against injuries in a crash and make you more visible to other motorists on the road or highway.

Additionally, since NY law requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets, the failure to wear a helmet could affect your ability to win an accident claim if you do sustain injuries in a motorcycle crash.

It's important to know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Whether you were involved in a single-vehicle accident, a head-on collision with another motor vehicle, a hit-and-run accident, or any other type of motorcycle accident, the most important thing for you to do immediately after the crash is to get to a safe place on the road (or off the road).

Next, you need to get proper medical treatment for your injuries. And remember that some injuries aren’t always apparent right after the motorcycle accident and may take days or even weeks to become obvious, so make sure that you see a doctor and get checked out just to be sure.

You should also report the motorcycle accident to the police and get a police report. This will ensure that everything is documented for your accident claim with the insurance company and for court if the case eventually goes to trial.

Once you have taken care of your physical well-being and reported the accident to the police, protect yourself legally and speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Proner & Proner. Do not talk to the other motorist or to the insurance company before talking to a qualified attorney who can explain your legal options and make sure that you do not make any unnecessary admissions to the insurance adjustor.

You may be wondering who will pay for your medical bills after a motorcycle accident, unfortunately, a lot of vehicle insurance policies don’t cover all motorcycle accident injuries. For instance, your motorcycle insurance policy may not provide medical coverage for any injuries you sustained in the motorcycle crash. That’s because NY motorcycle insurance policies don’t automatically come with Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which means that the injured rider is typically responsible for payment of their own medical bills after an accident. The best way to protect yourself and ensure that you get the compensation you need to cover your accident-related medical expenses is to speak with an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.

A consultation with our law firm about your motorcycle accident claim is free. Additionally, if we take on your case, we don’t get paid unless we get money for you. We will pay all expenses and get a percentage of the recovery at the end of the case that is consistent with local bar association rules.
When it comes to getting paid for the damage to your motorcycle, the first important question to ask is: What insurance coverage is available? You may have purchased collision coverage on your motorcycle when you got your own insurance.

Of course, you may be wondering: Why should I put this on my own carrier when I’m not at fault? Your carrier will typically make payment quicker than the adverse vehicle’s carrier. Then your carrier will go to the adverse vehicle’s carrier and seek reimbursement for the money they paid you. So, they get repaid by the adverse vehicle’s carrier. They will typically also recover the deductible (the money your insurer deducted from the value of your bike), which will be reimbursed to you.

If you did not have collision coverage, the adverse vehicle should make payment to you, but typically they will claim that a portion of the accident is your fault. They may claim that you were speeding, or that you failed to pay attention to the other vehicles on the road, even if you did nothing wrong. They may try to deduct 10% to 15% from what they rightfully owe you. Whether you wish to accept 90% or 85% of the value of your vehicle is up to you.

Typically, there are several issues that must be resolved to determine the value of a motorcycle accident case. The first issue is: Who is at fault for the accident? Even though you may be partially at fault, you still may be entitled to compensation.

The second issue is the extent and permanency of your injuries. Typically, after an accident, your doctors will try to predict the healing process, but there is no certainty until actual healing takes place. Sometimes, an injury to a joint will heal but there will be limitation of motion. Sometimes, physical therapy will improve healing and you will regain a full range of motion. Other times, surgery is necessary, or a limitation may be permanent.

This degree of permanency of your injuries, along with any loss of earnings or earning capacity, will affect the value of the case. Additionally, if you lose the ability to pursue a hobby or skill—such as a hand injury limiting your ability to play guitar—it could also affect the claim’s value.

Lastly, sometimes, recovery in a motorcycle accident case is limited by the amount of insurance or assets that an individual must pay for damage they caused.

Insurance adjusters, juries, judges, and even lawyers representing motorcycle accident victims often have a deep-seated bias that when somebody gets on a motorcycle, they are asking for whatever happens to them, including injuries. At Proner & Proner, we have a tradition of not minimizing the claims of the motorcycle accident victim. If a motorcycle accident victim is not getting full and fair compensation, we will try the case.

Moreover, we have a demonstrated history of success in winning motorcycle accident cases at trial. Insurance carriers around the nation know that we have this history of success. Because we have a reputation of being willing and able to get fair compensation for our clients in motorcycle accident cases, we have an advantage when we demand fair compensation for our clients.

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.

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Even though the firm has successfully represented clients from five continents and over 30 jurisdictions, Proner & Proner serves New York personal injury clients in all five boroughs from our office in Midtown Manhattan.