Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Long Island
If you have been injured in a Long Island motorcycle accident, you are probably wondering what to do next. You may feel overwhelmed with the mounting medical bills and wonder how you will survive financially. You are probably in pain as you cope with your serious injuries. One of the best things you can do is consult with a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer. Injured motorcyclists often find it challenging to recover the compensation they deserve without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
We Aggressively Negotiate With Insurance Companies
The last thing on your mind after being seriously injured is negotiating with the insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are for-profit companies, and they will take nearly any means necessary to avoid paying fair compensation to victims. We recommend speaking to one of our motorcycle accident lawyers before providing a recorded statement to the insurance company. Victims of motorcycle accidents may unintentionally admit fault in their statement, damaging their chances of recovering compensation.
It is also important to discuss your case with a lawyer before signing a settlement agreement with the insurance company. In nearly every case, insurance companies will offer a low settlement amount upfront, hoping that the victim will be desperate enough to accept the agreement. It may seem like a tempting option to accept the insurance agreement so you can pay your bills. However, working with a lawyer can help you in the long run because your lawyer can negotiate a much better settlement agreement in most cases.
At Harrison Law Group, our motorcycle accident lawyers have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. We will fight hard to obtain the compensation you deserve for your physical injuries, property damage, and the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Do not sign a settlement release without discussing your case with a lawyer because you will lose the ability to bring a personal injury lawsuit or negotiate with the insurance company.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents happen every day in New York City on highways, side roads, and private property. Even when motorcyclists are wearing a helmet and proper safety equipment, the injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers and passengers in motor vehicles because they do not have any external protection in a collision.
People in passenger vehicles are surrounded by a steel frame, seat belt restraint systems, and airbags, while motorcyclists are exposed to more hazards on the open road. Even when a motorcyclist is driving safely and cautiously, an accident can occur due to no fault of the motorcyclist. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involve the following:
- T-bone collisions
- Accidents caused by debris in the road
- Accidents caused by poor road conditions
Rear-End Motorcycle Collisions
Long Island drivers are more distracted than ever. One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involves a rear-end collision. Suppose a rear-ending driver approaches an intersection but cannot see the traffic light because of the sun’s glare. He does not realize that the light has changed to red, causing him to accelerate into the back of a motorcyclist who is stopped at the traffic light. He runs over the motorcyclist, causing severe injuries.
Another example of a rear-end collision involves distracted driving. Suppose the passenger vehicle driver is in stop-and-go traffic on a freeway and receives a text message. He glances down at his phone for two seconds to check the text message. He looks up and sees a motorcyclist idling right in front of his car. He cannot prevent the collision that occurs next. These collisions can be categorized as rear-end motorcycle accidents, but the facts in any given case are unique and require an experienced lawyer to prove negligence.
Proving Negligence in a Long Island Motorcycle Accident
Victims of motorcycle accidents will need to prove that the driver who caused their injuries acted negligently. Drivers are negligent when they fail to use reasonable care under the circumstances. When it comes to proving negligence, your lawyer will need to be careful categorizing what type of accident has occurred.
For example, when a passenger driver rear-ends a motorcyclist, there is a presumption that the passenger driver was negligent. However, your lawyer will still need to thoroughly investigate the case and gather evidence demonstrating the driver’s negligence. At Harrison Law Group, Our lawyers have the resources, professional network, and experience to thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident claim. We will take the following actions to gather evidence against the negligent driver:
- Interview witnesses
- Review the police report
- Gather event data recorder information
- Gather CCTV footage or video evidence from witnesses
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists to determine fault
- Examine photos of the accident
The Benefits of Consulting With a Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
In New York, motor vehicle accident victims only have a limited amount of time to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant who caused their accident. Even the most clear-cut motorcycle accident case can present challenges and obstacles.
The sooner you speak with an experienced motorcycle lawyer, the better chance you will have of recovering all the compensation you need. Delaying the investigation into your case could result in losing critical evidence that could help you and impairing your ability to win your case. We recommend contacting one of our motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as possible after your accident.
Motorcycle Insurance Policies Do Not Include PIP
In New York state, motorcycle insurance policies do not include mandatory Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Automobile insurance policies for passenger vehicles, trucks, and commercial vehicles must include at least $10,000 of PIP protection. When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that does not involve a motorcycle, you can file a claim to be compensated for your medical bills and part of your time off work and mediately through PIP coverage. Filing a PIP claim is not an option for motorcyclists, however, making it more difficult to recover compensation quickly after an accident.
Contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in New York, you may be entitled to compensation. At Harrison Law Group, our experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyers will handle your claim from start to finish so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.