Motorcycle Accident Attorney Servicing NYC

Brooklyn, The Bronx & Manhattan

There seem to be two strong opposing views on motorcycles: that they are an exhilarating, convenient and cost-efficient means of transportation, and that they are death machines. Both viewpoints have some validity. Certainly, riding a motorcycle gives many riders the combined sensation of freedom and control they find irresistible; for them, “getting there” may be more than half the fun. On the other hand, it is clearly a fact that motorcyclists are in much graver danger than those driving automobiles.

If you have had the misfortune of being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in the greater New York area, it is essential that you contact a competent personal injury attorney as promptly as possible. Arthur Tisi is a highly regarded personal injury attorney whose office is conveniently located in Manhattan. He will be able to carefully evaluate your accident to determine whether it was the fault of the other party. If so, he will be able to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve. Not only is Mr. Tisi knowledgeable about the complexities of legal matters, he is a compassionate person, eager to help with logistics while you spend your time recovering from your recent trauma.

Statistics on Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than the drivers of other vehicles, and nearly 30 times more likely to die as a result of their injuries. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcycle deaths keeps increasing. In 2015, for example, almost 5,000 people died in the U.S. in motorcycle crashes, up 8.3 percent from the year before. The NHTSA also reports that over 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents in the country cause injuries or fatalities.

Reasons Motorcycles Are More Dangerous than Other Vehicles

There are at least three reasons that motorcycles present a greater risk to your physical safety than cars do:

  1. Motorcycles are less visible than cars because they are so much smaller
  2. Motorcyclists are far more exposed to physical harm since they are not enclosed by metal
  3. Traffic lanes, patterns, and even regulations are designed for larger vehicles

To be safe on a motorcycle, you must be keenly alert at all times and obey traffic laws strictly. Unfortunately, statistics show that motorcyclists tend to exercise less, not more, caution than those they share the road with. As an illustration, 29 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involve cyclists who have been drinking, and 34 percent involve cyclists who have been speeding. Even if you are meticulous about obeying traffic laws, other drivers, who may be distracted, impaired, speeding or ignoring traffic signals, put you at increased risk when you are on a motorcycle. Some drivers may even be totally unaware of your presence on the road.  

What damages can you recover if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that is the fault of another driver, you are entitled to seek a monetary award that will cover:

  • Medical costs
  • Any necessary surgery or rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity

You are also entitled to money to relieve your physical and emotional pain and suffering. These damages are meant as reimbursement and are known as compensatory damages. If the driver who is found responsible for your injury has behaved in a particularly egregious manner, speeding excessively, texting while driving, or driving while impaired, he/she may also be charged punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant both to punish the at-fault driver and to serve as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to engage in similarly atrocious behavior.

Not All Accidents Involving Motorcycles Are the Fault of the Cyclists

Many motorcycle accidents are not caused by any fault of the cyclist’s. In fact, in two-thirds of motorcycle collisions, the driver of the other vehicle violates the motorcycle rider’s right of way. Also, motorcycles, already less visible because of their size, are even harder to see at intersections, where 70 percent of such collisions occur.

In addition, riding a motorcycle takes a great deal more skill and coordination than driving a car so motorcyclists should be well-trained in balancing and navigating in various kinds of weather conditions before taking to the open road. It’s important to remember that all potential hazards are worse for cyclists than for drivers, including:

  • Ruts, potholes, oil slicks, puddles, black ice
  • Uneven pavement
  • Unexpected objects on the road
  • Instability of the machine itself

When a motorcycle is proven to have a manufacturing or assembling defect that resulted in the accident, it is possible that the manufacturer may be held financially responsible for injuries under product liability laws.

Contributory or Comparative Negligence

In many cases, both drivers involved in an accident bear some responsibility for its occurrence. When this is the case in New York State, the person injured may have their awarded compensation decreased in proportion to the amount of responsibility assigned to him/her by the court.

What To Do and What Not To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Obviously, emergency medical assistance is your first priority. A serious accident should always be reported to the police and to your insurance company. Information should be exchanged with the driver of the other vehicle.

One important action to avoid after a serious accident is signing any papers pertaining to the event without first consulting with your attorney. The last thing you want to do in this situation is sign a waiver of liability or to try to navigate the complexities of the law without legal assistance while you are traumatized and in physical distress.

Once you contact us, you will know you’re in good hands. We have keen, current knowledge of the law and will fight vigorously to help you receive every bit of compensation you deserve. You can contact The Law Office of Arthur Tisi by filling out the form on our website or by calling us 24 hours a day at 917.887.5343.

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