Motorcyclists do not have the protection of an enclosed passenger compartment or the safety features that car drivers and passengers have. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
The 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.
What Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Do to Help You
Because the laws associated with motorcycle accidents can be complex and difficult to understand, you may want to consider hiring a New York personal injury attorney from our team. While you concentrate on getting better, they can:
- Collect evidence
- Name the party liable for the motorcycle accident
- Price your damages
- Work with the insurance companies and engage in settlement negotiations if necessary
- Dispute your injury case in court if a settlement isn’t possible
It is important to get our firm involved with your case as soon as possible, as New York State enforces timelines you must follow.
In most cases, there is a three-year deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to CVP § 214. Those who lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident generally have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, per EPT § 5-4.1. Failure to adhere to the deadline could give the court reason to deny your case altogether.
How Much It Costs to Hire Our New York Personal Injury Law Firm
The attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP will serve you for a contingency fee, which means there are no start-up or out-of-pocket costs or retainers due for our assistance. Your lawyer will receive their payment at the end of your case should you be awarded compensation. Otherwise, we take nothing from you.
Compensation That Can Be Recovered in a Great Neck Motorcycle Accident
The Great Neck motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are ready to help you seek 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
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Property damage
Great Neck has seen too many lose their lives to motorcycle accidents. Newsday reported that in July 2020, a young motorcyclist going southbound on Cuttermill Road collided with a car. He succumbed to his injuries later at the hospital. If you lost your loved one to such an incident, you can file for wrongful death 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 and result in serious physical injury and even death. If a motorcycle accident injured you, you may have a right to compensation for your accident-related expenses.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries You May Have
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we understand how serious the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be for our clients. 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 (TBIs)
Brain injuries are among the most serious injuries 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 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 and may need help with basic daily tasks.
Fractures or Broken Bones
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, elbows, and arms can break when the riders try to break their fall.
When a motorcyclist hits 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. Getting prompt medical attention is crucial. Otherwise, the accident victim could be susceptible to severe infections and permanent scarring.
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 action 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.
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.
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.
Turn to the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP After a Motorcycle Accident
The injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP have more than a century of combined experience. We have secured millions of dollars for accident victims. If you were in a motorcycle accident in Great Neck or elsewhere on Long Island, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our legal team will help you get the justice and fair compensation you deserve. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (516) 358-6900.
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