Traffic accidents of any kind pose a danger to those involved, but motorcycle accidents, in particular, carry an even higher risk of serious physical injury or death. Motorcyclists often sustain significant injuries from an accident, sometimes leaving them with a lengthy recovery time or even permanent disabilities.
According to data from the New York State Department of Health, between 2012 and 2014, an average of 1,558 hospitalizations resulted from motorcycle accidents in the state, and an average of 141 people lost their lives each year.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the actions or negligence of another party, you have the right to take legal action to pursue fair financial compensation. At the Law Offices of Jessica A. Almeida in New York, New York, I am proud to stand up for the rights of people who have been injured.
In the immediate aftermath of a traffic accident, there are important things you need to do. To take the proper precaution and avoid doing anything that could cause you or your eventual injury claim any harm, you should do the following:
Seek medical attention: Even if you seem to feel fine after the accident, you should be examined by a medical professional.
Obtain evidence: Documentation such as police reports or witness accounts can create a strong foundation for your injury claim.
Call your insurance company: Immediately filing a claim with your insurance company will put things into motion without delay.
Hire a personal injury attorney: With the help of an attorney, experienced in motorcycle accident cases, you can start the legal process to seek compensation.
Following these guidelines after your accident will put you in position to take action to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries.
Knowing the traffic laws of your state can go a long way toward not only operating your car, truck, or motorcycle safely but also determining fault in the event of an accident. In the state of New York, there are a few things to keep in mind when addressing fault determination:
Lane-splitting (when a motorcyclist rides between lanes of traffic) is illegal in New York.
Drivers who are distracted, texting, or violating safety laws may be held liable.
The adherence of all drivers and motorcyclists involved in the accident to state traffic laws can have a substantial impact on your ability to recover compensation.
If it can be determined that another party was at fault for the accident, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation to help you pay your medical bills, cover for lost wages, and help with property damage.
Trying to pursue a personal injury claim on your own can be a difficult task. Dealing with your physical pain, mounting expenses, or an inability to work, combined with having to work with insurance companies can become overwhelming. In these situations, your best option is to work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
As a knowledgeable attorney with an understanding of personal injury law, I can provide the insight and guidance you need as you seek a favorable outcome. I will work to prove liability in the accident, negotiate with the insurance companies of the parties involved, and help you seek to hold the right people accountable.
When your motorcycle accident has left you with serious injuries, turn to a legal professional to lead the way. I will work with you to learn the details of your accident, explain your legal options, and develop a strategy that can position you to pursue financial compensation.
You don't have to deal with the aftermath of your motorcycle injury on your own. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and you need legal representation to help you pursue financial compensation, turn to an experienced personal injury attorney. I proudly serve clients in Westchester, Long Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the surrounding areas of New York City. For a free consultation, contact me at the Law Offices of Jessica A. Almeida today.