Queens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries even if you are wearing a helmet. You might need costly medical treatment, and your injuries might prevent you from working. At Proner & Proner, we have a deep connection to motorcycle riding. One of our founding partners, Mitchell Proner, is a motorcycle enthusiast who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims.
If your motorcycle accident resulted from a driver’s negligence, you may have a claim for injury compensation. To discuss your injuries and accident with a Queens motorcycle accident lawyer, contact Proner & Proner to schedule a free consultation.
Common Injuries from Queens Motorcycle Accidents
The two most common injuries include upper extremity and lower extremity injuries like road rash, broken bones, and disfigurement. These injuries happen when an accident knocks you off balance and causes your motorcycle to slide. The fall can fracture bones and tear soft tissue in your arms and legs. The slide can cause abrasions to your trapped limbs. These injuries can range from minor to catastrophic such as brain or spinal cord injury, paralysis, or neurological damage.
According to New York City’s crash map, 77 percent of the motorcycle accidents in Queens cause an injury or death. In collisions between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, the driver of the vehicle causes the crash about 60 percent of the time.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), helmets reduce the severity and frequency of head injuries. But head injuries are still the third-most common motorcycle injuries among helmeted riders
Seeking Injury Compensation for Queens Motorcycle Accidents
New York uses a no-fault insurance system for automobiles. But New York’s no-fault system does not apply to motorcycles. When you register a motorcycle in New York, you only need liability insurance.
In fact, insurers probably would not sell you no-fault insurance for your motorcycle even if you wanted it. Insurers set insurance premiums based on the risk associated with the event. The high risk of a motorcycle injury or death would make no-fault motorcycle insurance impossibly expensive.
After a motorcycle accident, you must file a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability insurer. To succeed with this claim, you must prove the insured driver acted negligently in causing the accident.
In New York, negligence requires proof of four elements:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
- Proximate cause
Cause-in-fact simply means that the driver’s actions fall in the chain of events that led to your injury. Proximate cause means that the actions taken by the driver could reasonably and foreseeably cause an injury.
Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Under New York’s no-fault system, automobile drivers are often restricted from seeking damages for pain and suffering. But since motorcycles do not fall under the no-fault laws, motorcycle riders and passengers can seek:
Both your economic and non-economic damages will depend on the severity and duration of your injuries. Serious, permanent injuries usually net greater compensation than minor, temporary injuries.
Common Causes of Queens Motorcycle Accidents
Hiring a Queens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries. While New York’s helmet law helps reduce the severity of head and face injuries, your helmet cannot protect your neck, back, arms or legs. As a result, you can still suffer catastrophic injuries like paralysis and amputation in a Queens motorcycle accident.
Without the benefit of New York’s no-fault insurance system, the only way for motorcyclists to recover injury compensation is to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver and their insurer within the window of time established by New York’s statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits.
To discuss your motorcycle accident with an experienced Queens motorcycle accident lawyer, schedule a free consultation with Proner & Proner.
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Proner & Proner Pursues Justice For NY Motorcycle Accident Victims
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Proner & Proner in New York are dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to NY motorcycle accident victims.
We will investigate the causes of your motorcycle crash, determine all of the potentially liable individuals and entities, and assist you throughout the legal process, including settlement negotiations with the insurance company.
Types Motorcycle Accident Compensation
Contact The Experienced NY Personal Injury Attorneys At Proner & Proner
You need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side and helping you to secure compensation for your injuries and justice for your losses, as well as ensure that you get any medical care you might need. Contact the NY personal injury lawyers of Proner & Proner now. You can call us or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.
We have a highly skilled legal team and an attentive support staff, we utilize the latest technology to communicate with clients about their cases, and we are available 24 hours a day for our clients.
FAQs About Motorcycle Accidents
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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