New York Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help Injured Victims
New York motorcycle accident attorneys at Leeds Brown understand how difficult it can be for motorcycle drivers to recover compensation for their injuries after a crash. Persuading the insurance companies of motor vehicle drivers who have caused accidents to pay fair settlements is often an uphill battle. Insurance companies typically want to pay as little as possible and will go to great lengths to avoid paying the full amount owed to seriously injured and deceased motorcycle accident victims.
Leeds Brown motorcycle accident attorneys have a proven track record of obtaining full and fair monetary compensation for clients. Our experienced personal injury lawyers know how to negotiate with big insurance companies and are not afraid to take cases to trial if that is what it takes to get the recovery you deserve. Leeds Brown can make sure that no insurance company pressures you into accepting a low-ball settlement.
As motorcycles become a more popular form of transportation, the number of accidents and injuries is increasing. While each New York motorcycle accident case has different facts and patterns, the attorneys at Leeds Brown understand the legal rights of all injured victims. Our team knows that you have the right to recover full compensation for your injuries. We have the passion and dedication to navigate your claim successfully. Contact us to discuss your New York motorcycle accident.
New York Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Seeking Maximum Damages
Per an analysis of data from the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that over 4,000 motorcyclists were killed each year between 2007 and 2014. In 2012 alone, over 90,000 motorcyclists were injured.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable drivers. Motorcycles are relatively small compared to most vehicles on the road, and they are often not noticed or fall in the blind spot of other drivers.
Without the protection of a car surrounding them, motorcycle drivers often sustain serious or fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Who is at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
When any two vehicles crash, it is likely that one of the drivers is at fault. In fact, the requirement that all drivers have insurance is to make sure that when a crash occurs, the victim of the accident has a way to recover money for expenses associated with his or her injuries. The insurance company for the at-fault or negligent driver is supposed to compensate the victim.
Insurance Companies’ Reluctance to Pay
Often, the insurance company tries to pay as little as possible and makes it difficult to recover the full amount the victim needs to cover growing expenses. The insurance company knows that you have injuries, are out of work, and that you likely have piles of medicals bills to pay. The company uses this information as leverage to pressure you into accepting a settlement amount that is less than what you truly deserve.
Sometimes, the accident victim must initiate a lawsuit against the driver or their insurance company to get the amount of money they need. Experienced New York motorcycle accident attorneys at Leeds Brown work closely with injured victims and their families to find the best way to proceed and secure the outcome the clients want.
Drivers Have a Duty to Exercise Reasonable Care
Whether an individual wishes to go to trial or settle a case, there are certain elements in a motorcycle accident claim that must be established to collect appropriate damages. In any negligence case, the first element to establish is the existence of duty. The exact duty or level of responsibility varies with each cause of action, but generally, everyone has a duty to act reasonably. In other words, a driver must act in a manner that exercises reasonable care toward others on the road. A driver acting with reasonable care may include:
- Driving the speed limit
- Using turn signals
- Having working brake lights
- Turning lights on
- Staying in the lane
- Having a valid driver’s license
- Not driving while intoxicated
- Being well rested while driving
Other parties have other duties of care to drivers. For example, a construction company may have a duty to mark dangerous potholes with warnings. A snow-plow business may have a duty to clear the roads thoroughly.
Breach of Duty – Negligence Causes New York Motorcycle Accidents
The next element to establish in a motorcycle accident case is a breach of the existing duty. The injured victim must show that the driver of the other vehicle, or another negligent party, did not exercise reasonable care. A breach of duty may include:
- Driving while drunk
- Texting while driving
- Failing to signal
- Failing to stop at a stop light or sign
- Not having working brake lights
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to adequately mark or warn of road hazards
- Failing to have working street lighting
Negligence Causes Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Next, the injured motorcycle victim must prove that the negligence of the motor vehicle driver, or another negligent party, caused his or her injuries. In other words, the failure to exercise proper care resulted in harm to the motorcycle driver. For example,
The car driver was texting and did not notice the motorcycle stopped at the red light. The car slammed into the motorcycle, throwing the driver off the bike.
The motor vehicle driver did not look or signal before changing lanes and crashed into a motorcycle causing injury to the driver.
A speeding, drunk driver, crossed the divider and crashed head on into your motorcycle causing severe injuries.
Common New York Motorcycle Accident Injuries
All negligence cases must have injuries of some kind to recover monetary damages. Car accident injuries vary from minor to severe. Motorcycle injuries, however, tend to be serious. Motorcyclists are largely unprotected, and the sheer size and weight of a car can cause significant harm to a motorcycle driver or passenger – even at low speeds. Some of the common injuries seen in motorcycle accidents are:
- Knee injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Ankle/foot injuries
- Leg injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Broken bones
New York Motorcycle Attorneys Help Prove Damages
After a motorcycle accident, the injuries can be severe and debilitating. An individual may face surgeries, months or years of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and ongoing pain. A motorcycle accident victim may be forced to miss work due to hospital stays or doctor visits. In some cases, the injured victim may never be able to work again. The medical expenses and loss of income can ruin a family. A fatality or permanent disability can rob a family of its breadwinner. How will the doctor and household bills get paid?
New York Motorcycle accident attorneys at Leeds Brown work tirelessly to obtain for our clients the most compensation to which they are entitled. You may receive a monetary award to cover doctor and hospital bills, therapy bills, lost wages and pain, and suffering. When someone else is responsible for causing your injuries, Leeds Brown can help hold them accountable.
Contact Leeds Brown to Begin Your New York Motorcycle Accident Claim
New York motorcycle accident attorneys at Leeds Brown have the experts you may need to establish the nature of your injuries and the extent of the pain you are experiencing. Our office has access to all the resources you may require to prove your motorcycle accident claim. Accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and investigators are at our fingertips and may be helpful in ensuring you get all of the money you deserve.
Whether you want to settle your claim with an insurance company or take your case to trial, Leeds Brown is the firm to call. Our lawyers listen to the needs of each and every one of our clients and offer a personal and collaborative approach to satisfying them.
Call our office to discuss your New York motorcycle accident case with the personal injury attorneys at Leeds Brown. Someone is available to speak to you 24/7. Your consultation is free. Call us today at 1-800-585-4658.