What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
Immediately after the accident, call 911. Alert the operator to any injuries involved and help determine if an ambulance is needed at the scene of the collision. If there are serious injuries, seek medical help first.
If no one is seriously injured, do your best to obtain contact information for any witnesses. Document the crash scene by taking numerous photos at different angles, including the roads and damages to your motorcycle. Get insurance information of the other vehicles involved in the collision and take photos of their license plate numbers, as some people will give out false insurance information to evade responsibility in a crash.
Even if you are not experiencing any pain, the best next step is to seek medical attention. Brain injury is one of the most common effects of a motorcycle accident, and certain serious injuries may not be immediately noticeable right after the accident. Keep documents of medical bills and other economic losses, such as lost wages.
Lastly, speak with a New York personal injury attorney who has experience handling motorcycle accident claims to find out if you are entitled to financial compensation. A motorcycle injury attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve if the collision happened as a result of another party's negligence.
The New York City injury attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy obtained multiple case results for motorcycle accident victims, including a $14 million verdict for an injured motorcyclist. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation: 212-736-5300.
What damages are available in motorcycle collision lawsuits in the State of New York?
Generally, New York motorcycle accident lawsuits can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Compensation for future medical costs, a loss of earning capacity and a loss of consortium may also be available.
Who can be held accountable in a motorcycle injury lawsuit?
Another rider, a motorcycle or motorcycle part manufacturer, and municipalities may be held accountable in New York motorcycle accident lawsuits.
What must I prove in a motorcycle crash lawsuit?
In general, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed them a duty a care; the defendant breached this duty; the breach resulted in the rider's injuries; and the rider was in fact injured.
How long will a motorcycle accident case take in New York?
The amount of time it takes to resolve an accident case will depend on a number of factors. Motorcycle crash lawsuits involving several defendants may take longer to complete than a simpler case involving one defendant. Because each case is different, injured riders are advised to speak with a New York personal injury attorney to determine if they have a claim, and how long it will take to resolve that claim.
How much will I receive for my injuries after a motorcycle collision?
Compensation is not automatically awarded in every crash case. When a lawsuit is successful, the injured rider may be eligible for a number of damages depending on several factors including the severity and permanence of their injuries and whether they were working at the time of the crash.
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