You may be entitled to compensation if your motorcycle accident was caused by another party’s negligence. These accidents can be devastating – both physically and financially. Thankfully, you can use the compensation you receive from an insurance claim or lawsuit to help you recover from your physical and mental challenges.
However, depending on what route you choose during your fight for justice, motorcycle accidents can involve a series of complex legal proceedings. When you retain a Westbury motorcycle accident lawyer at our law firm, our legal team can be there to assist with the entire legal process from start to finish. Our law firm wants to help you rebuild your life after an accident.
Services Provided by Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Our law firm is proud to offer comprehensive legal services for victims of injustice. We assist with lawsuits and insurance claims, so you can determine what method is best for your long-term goals.
When you retain a Westbury motorcycle accident lawyer on our team, you will have access to a series of specialized legal services, depending on your specific needs. These services can include, but may not be limited to:
- Negotiating settlements
- Gathering evidence to determine who was liable for your motorcycle accident
- Working to determine the true financial value of your case
- Assisting throughout the civil litigation process
- Contacting expert witnesses to add professional context to your accident and your damages
- Providing insights about important laws and legal precedents
- Working with insurance claims adjusters and fighting for the settlement you deserve
- Serving as your legal counsel
- Communicating with other individuals involved in your proceedings
Our No-Win, No-Fee Representation
We offer a free consultation to accident victims, during which you can learn your options to move forward and get your questions answered.
Then, if you choose to proceed with our team, we do not charge you anything upfront for our services. If you do not win your case, we do not charge you anything for our services. In this way, we hope to minimize the financial risk of seeking legal help and offer access to victims who are struggling with financial challenges after an accident.
We Can Help with Many Types of Vehicle Accidents
You may have a complicated motorcycle accident case. If other contributing factors were part of your accident, we can help you sort through the complexities of determining who was liable and understanding the laws and insurance policies that apply to your situation.
Our law firm can assist victims in situations involving numerous forms of vehicle accidents, including:
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rideshare (Uber and Lyft) accident
We can also help you if your motorcycle accident case involves:
- Child injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Defective vehicles or parts
- Negligent municipalities
- Wrongful death
Recoverable Damages for Motorcycle Accident Victims
You may be eligible to receive compensation for your physical and financial losses after a negligent motorcycle accident. Basically, any aspect of your life that has been affected by your accident can be factored into your overall case value.
In the State of New York, you could recover compensation related to numerous specific hardships, including:
- The financial cost of your medical treatments and long-term ailments, including rehabilitation programs, prescriptions, surgeries, medical devices, and more
- Lost wages
- Supplemental income because you can no longer earn the same wages as you used to (due to injury)
- Property damage
- Pain associated with the accident and your ongoing injuries
- Disability assistance
- Wrongful death damages, if you lost a loved one in an accident
- And more
Keep in mind that you may have to meet certain eligibility criteria to claim some of these damages, such as pain and suffering.
After discussing your losses with a Westbury motorcycle accident lawyer on our team, they can help you understand whether these losses can be attributed to your accident and whether you can be compensated for them.
Are You Disqualified from Compensation if You Contributed to Your Accident?
Not necessarily. Generally, the burden of paying out compensation falls on the individual who was more responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. As such, you can still recover damages even if you shared some partial responsibility for the crash.
However, even if your actions are equal to 1% liability, this shared responsibility can have a negative effect on your financial settlement. In legal terms, this concept is referred to as “contributory negligence.”
Figuring Out How Much Blame You Hold
To determine how your percentage of liability will affect your settlement, the court will:
- Start with 100% total liability
- Then, divide liability between every factor that contributed to the accident (it is important to note that liability goes beyond human error)
For example, contributing factors like debris in the roadway, inclement weather, and defective vehicle parts can all be assigned percentages of liability.
Once you are assigned a percentage of liability, CVP §1411 states that your settlement will be reduced proportionately. As such, 30% liability causes your settlement to be reduced by 30%; 10% liability causes your case to go down by 10%, and so on.
Filing Your Case in time to Qualify for Compensation
In accordance with CVP §214, you are required to file your motorcycle accident lawsuit within three years of the accident that caused your injuries. If you believe your accident was caused by the actions of a city, county, or state government organization, you may be required to file within a much shorter time frame.
A motorcycle accident lawyer with our firm can help you understand what statute applies to your specific case so you can move forward with your case in a timely manner and protect your right to compensation.
Our Team Consists of Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Who Will Fight for Your Rights in Westbury
Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP have worked with countless motorcycle accident victims over the years. When you retain a Westbury motorcycle accident lawyer at our law firm, we can be there to help you protect your rights from the very start of your case to the very end.
Contact one of our team members at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today to get started with your free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Westbury, call 516-358-6900