Motorcycle Crashes: Filing a Lawsuit in New York State
Motorcycle accidents are among the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents and often result in life-altering injuries. Not only are motorcyclists much more likely to die in traffic crashes than people in passenger cars, but when they do get hurt, their injuries tend to be more serious.
According to data reported by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, 2.99% of all motorcycle crashes in New York State resulted in at least l death in 2014, while motor vehicle crashes saw a 0.32% fatality rate. Additionally, 20.5% of New York motorcycle crashes in 2014 resulted in serious injuries, most often to the motorcycle operator.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash because of another party's negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Unfortunately, some insurance companies and defense firms will argue that motorcycle operators are generally more careless than other vehicle operators. Some jurors are guilty of the same prejudice. For this reason, injured motorcyclists should seek representation from an attorney who is experienced in litigating motorcycle accident lawsuits.
Contact the Motorcycle Injury Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy to receive a FREE consultation today. Call us at 212-736-5300 or use the FREE case review form on this page.
The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy represent the following motorcycle injury cases:
- Wrongful death from fatal motorcycle-related accidents
- Single motorcycle accidents
- Motorcycle collision with one or more vehicles
- Defective product resulting in injuries to the motorcyclist
Block O'Toole & Murphy is committed to making sure that juries and insurance companies understand how a motorcycle accident can significantly impact a person's life. Our recent case results for motorcyclists include:
- $14 Million Record-breaking Verdict in Nassau County case for a badly injured motorcyclist who was accused by the defense of riding negligently.
- $2,450,000 Recovery for a biker who suffered serious head injuries and retrograde amnesia as a result of a collision
- $2,325,000 Settlement for a 37-year-old motorcycle rider who sustained multiple fractures to his leg and hip, disabling him from employment
- $1,500,000 Settlement for a motorcyclist who was struck by fire truck at an intersection
To learn more about our firm's results, please visit our Verdicts and Settlements page.
Motorcyclist Deaths and Injuries in New York
New York State is the seventh most popular state for motorcycle registrations, with over 300,000 registrations each year. Motorcycling through the rugged scenery of upstate New York or the urban landscape of New York City can be an exhilarating experience.
However, when accidents happen, injuries can be catastrophic. Because the majority of motorcycle accidents occur when the motorcyclist collides with a much bigger vehicle, the lack of a roof, doors, airbags, and seat belts leaves motorcyclists vulnerable to fractures, head injuries, and internal injuries.
Motorcycle accidents can result in but are not limited to the following serious injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Burn Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Bones
The victim will often need long-term care, causing high medical bills and a lower quality of life.
If you've experienced a life-altering injury because of a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy at 212-736-5300 or fill out our contact form for answers to your motorcycle injury questions.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Collisions
While there is sometimes a social perception that motorcyclists tend to be negligent in riding and most often caused their own accidents, the reality is that two thirds of motorcycle and other vehicle crashes are the result of the vehicle driver violating the motorcycle operator's right of way.
Common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Failure of the vehicle driver to see the motorcycle, especially when the car is making a left turn
- Dangerous road conditions (e.g. potholes, icy roads, etc.)
- Adverse weather conditions
- Motorcycle manufacturer defects
If you were injured because a driver or another party was negligent, we can help you hold the people that caused your accident responsible. Over just the last few years, Block O'Toole & Murphy has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our injured clients. Our adversaries know that we have the ability, experience, and the determination that is essential in making sure our clients are fairly compensated. We offer a Free Consultation so that you can discuss your injury claim with our attorneys at no cost.
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