Queens Motorcycle Accident Attorney
On average, motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely to die in a car accident than passenger car occupants are. Motorcycle crashes can lead to severe injuries for riders due to the body’s exposure to objects such as the asphalt or another vehicle’s windshield in a collision. Common injuries range from traumatic head injury to extreme road rash, often leaving the victims permanently scarred or disabled.
Motorists endanger the lives of vulnerable motorcyclists in New York every day. They don’t allow motorcycles the proper distance when passing, they pull out in front of them at intersections, or merge on top of them on the highways. Motorcycles have all the same rights as passenger vehicles on the roadway. When a driver ignores these rights or fails to pay attention on the road, accident victims can sue for negligence. If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident it’s best to seek legal guidance. Our Queens motorcycle accident lawyers can help you receive compensation for your injuries and assure that whoever caused your accident is help responsible for their negligence acts.
Motorcyclist Rights and Responsibilities
Throughout the state of New York, the law requires all riders, including passengers, to wear helmets. Helmets must meet the U.S. Department of Transportation federal motor vehicle safety standards and include or be in addition to protective eyewear. Motorcyclists must also use daytime running lights or headlights, have at least one red rear reflector, directional signals, a horn, and a muffler.
Motorcycle safety laws are in place to protect motorcyclists, not to limit their options in the event of personal injury lawsuits. However, a judge may consider broken laws on your part if they contributed or added to your injuries. For example, if your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your head injury in an accident, the judge may lessen your compensation, since you were partly to blame for your injuries.
Luckily, New York abides by pure comparative negligence rules, meaning you can still obtain compensation no matter what percentage the judge finds you at fault. However, if the judge finds you partially at fault, he or she will reduce your award based on the percentage. If the court finds you 20% to blame for a traumatic brain injury due to no helmet, for example, you’d receive $8,000 out of a $10,000 settlement. New York’s comparative fault rules are a major reason you need an experienced accident attorney arguing your side in court.
An expert motorcycle accident attorney can prove, with the help of a health care professional’s key witness testimony, that your injuries would have been the same regardless of the rules you broke. Another angle to argue may be that the defendant was comparatively much more at fault for driving negligently than you were for breaking a road rule. Motorcyclist rights and rules in Queens can be confusing. Trust a personal injury lawyer to do the hard work for you, so you can focus on recovery.
Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident Injury
Due to the severity of most motorcycle accidents, victims often require a fair amount to recover. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Head injury
- Road rash
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Leg, knee, and foot injuries
The impact of the body with the ground during a motorcycle accident can cause brain injury, permanent nerve damage, and emotional trauma. You may be entitled to receive compensation for all your past and future medical costs, therapy bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, property damage, and lost wages when you win a personal injury case against the responsible driver.
Contact our Trustworthy Queens Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at Omrani & Taub, have worked for decades to defend the rights of injured or wrongfully killed motorcyclists in Queens, Manhattan, and Westchester. With hundreds of motorcycles on New York’s roadways every day, we keep our skills sharp to serve the needs of accident victims when they come us. Call our Queens office today at (718) 714-1515 to get started with your personal injury case. We offer free case evaluations and you will pay no fees until we win your accident case!