Motorcycle accidents often involve extremely violent collisions in which motorcyclists are crushed by other vehicles or thrown from their motorcycles at high speeds causing serious or fatal injuries. It is not uncommon for injured motorcyclists to suffer broken bones, severe back or neck damage, burns, disfigurement, head trauma, or spinal cord damage.
Tragically, many motorcycle accident victims suffer fatal injuries. Given the severe nature of injuries sustained by motorcyclists, such accident victims and their families require the best possible legal representation. In New York and New Jersey, motorcycle accident victims and their families can find the quality legal representation they require at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. Our attorneys have advocated passionately on behalf of thousands of accident victims. We handle more motor vehicle accident claims than any other type of claim, so we are uniquely prepared to handle any issue that might arise in your case.
Our lawyers have prosecuted personal injury claims in cases involving distracted drivers, drunk drivers and drivers who have failed to obey traffic laws, including speeding, improper lane changes and other traffic violations. We have extensive experience handling motorcycle accident claims and understand the unique issues that arise in such cases. We understand the insurance laws, defenses often presented by insurance defense counsel and other issues critical to successfully obtaining compensation for injured motorcyclists. Where necessary, we have access to investigators and expert witnesses, including accident reconstruction experts and medical experts, who can assist in the effective management of motorcycle accident claims. As a result of our thorough trial preparation and commitment to vigorously pursuing full compensation for each of our clients, we have obtained more than $2 billion on behalf of injured clients since the year 2000.
Our knowledge of motorcycle personal injury case law is expansive and owes to the wide variety of motorcycle accidents that occur in the New York City metro area each year. Since 2000, we have handled numerous motorcycle accident cases resulting in millions of dollars in settlements against other drivers, cities, and even counties in New York. The following is a select list of motorcycle cases of note we have handled over the preceding twenty years.
Our client suffered severe injuries from a motorcycle accident in which another vehicle made a left turn in front of his motorcycle. Although the other driver accepted partial fault in the case, a jury assigned 80% of the fault to Nassau County, which failed to maintain the intersection in a safe manner. Our client received $4 million for past pain and suffering and $15 million for his future pain and suffering.
Our client sustained injuries severe enough to result in paraplegia – paralysis of the lower extremities – as the result of a motorcycle accident. Our client swerved to avoid an illegally parked truck and struck an oncoming vehicle, resulting in an 8.8 million dollar settlement in his favor.
A truck struck our client and dragged him along the roadway. Our client experienced severe injuries, including traumatic crush injuries to both legs, which resulted in the amputation of one leg above the knee. He received a $5.5 million settlement for his pain, suffering, and medical bills.
Of course, each case is unique and the preceding settlements do not guarantee the outcome of your case. However, we believe the cases represent the sheer variety that occurs within a single type of personal injury law. Our firm will handle any motorcycle case no matter the circumstances – our long history of achieving fair settlements for our clients speaks for itself.
When you decide to file a personal injury suit for your injuries sustained in a New York motorcycle accident, several different types of compensation become available depending on the damages suffered. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident, identify any liable parties, and work diligently to achieve a fair outcome for your case.
Based on the nature of your accident and injuries, you may receive financial compensation for:
After investigating your case, your attorney can inform you regarding the types of damages you may receive in a verdict or settlement. The monetary amount of your damages depends on their severity as well as any degree of fault you hold in the case. Extreme negligence on the part of another motorist may increase your damages.
Motorcycles offer relatively little protection from the environment surrounding them. Even in single-motorcycle accidents, riders are at a greater risk than drivers of traditional vehicles; in multiple vehicle accidents, the risk is even higher. As a result, motorcyclists often suffer more critical injuries, such as head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Four main characteristics of motorcycle design leave riders prone to injury:
In order to operate a motorcycle on New York roadways, you must possess an operator’s license and either take a motorcycle road test or pass the New York Motorcycle Safety Program. You must also register and title your motorcycle in the state of New York. After you and your motorcycle receive full licensure you must have state minimum insurance.
In New York, you must have motorcycle liability coverage of at least:
Unfortunately, state minimum insurance coverage often falls short of the numerous damages and injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. It may not be enough to cover your injuries if your accident is severe. In many cases, a personal injury attorney can assist you in ensuring you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one experienced injury in a motorcycle accident, it is essential you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C. will work diligently to investigate your accident and help you seek fair compensation for your injuries. Many of our cases reach favorable settlements long before the need for litigation, but our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully pursue motorcycle accident litigation.
If you need to speak with one of our experienced New York City accident lawyers about a motorcycle injury, we are pleased to offer a free consultation. To contact our New York City office in lower Manhattan, call 212-732-9000. Alternatively, reach out via email, or access our contact page.