Motorcycle accidents often cause more serious injuries than other types of accidents because motorcycle riders are vulnerable in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists do not have the protection of an enclosed passenger compartment or the safety features such as airbags and shoulder belts that car drivers and passengers have. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Great Neck motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills.
The compassionate Great Neck motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are ready to review the details of your accident and discuss your legal options for seeking compensation to cover your medical bills and related expenses.
Our experienced lawyers have successfully represented many motorcycle accident victims across Long Island. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (516) 358-6900 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
Under New York state law, injured motorcyclists may be entitled to file a claim to recover compensation if another party’s negligence led to the accident and injuries. With the help of an experienced Great Neck motorcycle accident lawyer, you can file a claim against the driver responsible for your crash and seek damages for your financial losses related to the accident.
If your motorcycle accident lawsuit is successful, you may receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and other damages.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are often the fault of another motorist who fails to see the motorcycle or violates the rider’s right of way. Motorcyclists can be difficult to see among larger vehicles, and many motorists are not looking out for them. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Violation of the motorcyclist’s right of way
- Cars making left-hand turns at intersections
- Heavy traffic
- Lack of signaling
- Drivers’ inability to see motorcycle riders
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Alcohol and drugs
- Road hazards
- Motorcycle defects
Any of these factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents that can result in serious physical injury and even death. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else, you should explore your legal options. You may have a right to make a claim for financial compensation to cover your accident-related expenses.
Because the laws associated with motorcycle accidents can be complex and difficult to understand, those injured in a motorcycle accident need an experienced New York personal injury attorney.
When a motorcycle accident happens because of the negligence of another party, the Great Neck motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are ready to assist you in pursuing the maximum compensation available by law.
What compensation can be recovered?
The experienced Great Neck motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are ready to help you seek full and fair compensation. You may be entitled to claim a range of economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical bills (past, present, and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Property damage
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our mission is to fight for full and fair compensation for your losses so that you can be made whole again.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in New York
According to the New York City Motorcycle Safety Study, 2% of registered vehicles in New York City are motorcycles, and motorcycle riders accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities in New York City in a five-year period.
On average, nearly 5,000 motorcycle accidents happen across New York each year, injuring more than 2,000 people. Over 130 people died in motorcycle accidents across the state in 2017.
Unfortunately, New York City’s fatal crash rate for motorcyclists is nearly twice the rate for New York State motorcyclists.
- 43% of fatality cases involved a motorcycle rider who was not properly licensed to operate the vehicle.
- 56% of motorcycle rider fatalities were under the age of 35.
- Nearly all of motorcycle fatalities are male riders.
On average, 4,000 New York residents are treated and released from an emergency department each year as a result of motorcycle crashes – an average of 11 people every day. These emergency room visits cost victims more than $8 million every year.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we understand how serious the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be for our clients. There are many types of damages you can pursue after a motorcycle accident, including financial compensation for any injuries you have suffered. As a trained EMT, attorney Richard Jaffe has a true understanding of serious and traumatic injuries.
Some common injuries motorcycle accident victims sustain include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Brain injuries are among the most serious injuries that a rider may suffer in a motorcycle crash. A rider can sustain a serious brain injury, even while wearing a motorcycle helmet. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have life-changing consequences, including memory loss, mood swings, chronic pain, fatigue, dizziness, and more. TBIs can also be fatal.
Spinal Cord Injuries – Motorcyclists may suffer spinal fractures if thrown off the motorcycle in a collision. Symptoms include nerve pain, difficulty breathing, and paralysis. Many spinal cord injury victims require long-term health care and rehabilitation. They may need help with basic daily tasks.
Fractures – Motorcycles often fall over in an accident. Motorcycle accidents generally happen quickly, and the motorcyclist’s leg can be under the motorcycle when it falls. A rider’s wrists, elbow, and arms can break when the riders try to break their fall.
Road Rash – When a motorcyclist makes contact with the road surface during an accident, severe skin abrasions called “road rash” can occur. Road rash can range from mild to serious, requiring emergency treatment. Road rash may require prompt medical attention because it leaves the accident victim susceptible to severe infections and permanent scarring.
Biker’s Arm – If a motorcyclist is falling to the ground, the rider will probably reflexively try to use his or her arms to shield their body. This can result in a serious type of injury known as “biker’s arm,” which refers to nerve damage that can occur in these types of accidents. Biker’s arm can vary widely in its severity. In the most serious cases, it can result in permanent damage.
Facial Injuries – If a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike and strikes the road, the rider may suffer facial fractures, nerve damage, cuts, and bruises. Plastic surgery could be required for facial disfigurement.
Amputation – If damage to a motorcyclist’s limb is severe enough, the limb may require surgical amputation. Accident victims who have lost limbs may require long-term medical care, physical therapy, and prosthetics.
Long-Term Impacts of Motorcycle Injuries
Some circumstances that can arise following a motorcycle accident include:
- Loss of income due to time off work
- Medical bills for emergency and continuing care
- Diminished quality of life
- Chronic pain as a result of injuries
- Mental impairment as a result of depression, stress, and similar factors
- Costs for medical equipment during and after rehabilitation
- Loss of consortium
The long-term impact of motorcycle injuries can be physical, emotional, and financial.
- Physical. After a motorcycle accident, your body may no longer function as it once did. Even if you have surgery to repair the injured area of your body, you may still be left with a disability, chronic pain, and other challenges associated with a TBI. Injuries that typically can have a long-term impact on the victim include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Emotional. Many people who suffer permanent physical disabilities from motorcycle accidents often have to cope with anger, depression, and mood swings. It is critical that you seek professional help during this time. Victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI), for example, can suffer from behavioral and cognitive issues for the rest of their lives. Long-term emotional effects resulting from motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Emotional distress
- Mood swings
- Appetite loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of energy
- Financial. Medical expenses, including hospital stays, surgeries, therapy, and rehabilitation, can add up quickly. As you are incurring these expenses, you probably are not able to work and earn income.
When dealing with the many impacts of a serious motorcycle accident, it is important that you consult with a qualified Long Island personal injury lawyer. An attorney can inform you about your rights to seek compensation that will help you get your life back on track.
Contact a Great Neck Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The Great Neck personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP have more than a century of combined experience. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars for accident victims. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Great Neck or elsewhere in Long Island, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our legal team will help you get the justice and fair compensation you deserve. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (516) 358-6900.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Great Neck, call 516-358-6900