Motorcycle Accident Lawyer New York
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 more than 4,500 people were killed in accidents involving motorcycles and approximately 89,000 more were injured. Although riding a motorcycle may be your passion, the dangers are ominous and the lack of support in the event of an accident can be deadly.
Since 1971, the New York motorcycle accident attorney at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm have been protecting the rights and interests of New York motorcyclists who have been hurt as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of another party. We build on our years of collective experience and we are prepared to aggressively fight to get our clients the full compensation they deserve.
Motorcycles are an Inherently Dangerous Mode of Transportation
Motorcycles are a common mode of transportation on the roads of New York. But as popular as they may be, they are inherently dangerous and accidents involving motorcycles often leave their riders suffering devastating injuries or even death.
Some of the main reasons why motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries than other motorists include:
- The lack of stability because they have only two wheels, as opposed to other vehicles that are supported by four wheels.
- The lack of steel frames and casings that provide support to motorists and their passengers.
- The smaller and lighter frame of a motorcycle makes it more susceptible to a lighter impact causing greater damage.
- Lack of safety gear, such as seat belts and airbags.
- The direct exposure to pavement and the road in the event of an accident.
- Susceptibility to poorly maintained roads.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Although certain protective gear, such as helmets and thick clothing, may provide some protection, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often serious and even fatal. Some common motorcycle injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Quadriplegia (tetraplegia) and paraplegia
- Broken bones
- Head and neck trauma
- Back injury
- Wrongful death
Our motorcycle accident lawyers in New York will fight hard for you and will help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Damages Available to Injured Motorcycle Victims
At the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm, our experienced motorcycle injury attorneys will seek to recover the full benefits that you are entitled to for the injuries you have suffered in your motorcycle accident. Damages may be recovered for the following injuries:
- Medical costs: past, current and future
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death, etc.
New York Rules of the Road
Generally speaking, New York motorcyclists are subject to the same rules of the road as other vehicles. In addition to these rules, motorcyclists must also observe any special regulations of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law that apply to motorcycle riders, such as the required use of helmets and visible front and rear lamps (New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Sect. 381).
Moreover, New York has different insurance and liability rules for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are not covered under the No-Fault Law and they are not entitled to medical benefits or loss of wages, from their own insurance companies.
However, since a motorcyclist is not subject to the “serious injury” threshold of the No-Fault Law, they can bring a claim against the negligent driver for even minor injuries that would not otherwise fall under the law’s threshold.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers New York can provide you with more information about the special rules that apply to New York motorcyclists.
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We can even come to you and there is no attorneys fees unless we recover money for you.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, the experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800 WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida.
If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case. Other toll free phone numbers for us include: 1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, or 1-800-LAS-LEYES. Please visit us at www.Work4YouLaw.com.