Accidents involving motorcycles can be especially devastating. In most cases, motorcycle accidents can cause in serious injuries which can often result in long term medical care including multiple surgeries and physical therapy. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is highly recommended you consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
In New York, there were approximately 5,916 motorcycle accidents last year alone. Out of the 5,916, over 2,000 resulted in serious injuries and 173 were fatal.
The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New York
- Distracted driving including texting and the use of handheld devices
- Failure for motor vehicle operator to yield or stop in designated areas
- Poor roadway conditions
- Impaired motor vehicle operator (DUI)
- Improper signage displaying possible road hazards
In New York, motorcyclists are not covered under "No Fault" liability laws, making them unique accident cases. Because motorcycle accidents are categorized differently then other motor vehicle accidents due to this classification, it can be difficult for motorcyclists to claim compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. However, this classification also allows those injured in motorcycle crashes to surpass the serious injury "threshold" when pursuing damages.
Since the No Fault threshold for damages does not apply to those injured in motorcycle accidents, those injured can pursue compensation for both what is considered "minor" and "serious" injuries. This is why it is recommended that an injured motorcyclist should contact a lawyer to help them pursue compensation following an accident.
An attorney who concentrates on personal injury law can calculate current and future lost wages, current and future medical costs, loss of benefits due to the inability to work, and damage to property. Once your attorney has determined a settlement amount using these figures, he or she can pursue compensation for the total damages.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the professional personal injury attorneys with Pulvers, Pulvers & Thomson. Our attorneys are dedicated to aggressively pursuing compensation for those injured in motorcycle accidents.