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Motorcycle T-Bone Accident Lawyer in Long Island, NY

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A broadside accident is commonly referred to as a T-bone crash and involves the front end of one vehicle striking the side of another vehicle. Any broadside motorcycle accident is likely to involve serious injuries to the rider.

Motorcyclists have very limited protection. A collision in which the motorcycle is struck in the side by another vehicle puts the motorcyclist at risk of harm. Even when the motorcycle strikes another vehicle, the motorcycle rider may be thrown from the bike into the side of the vehicle or onto the pavement and sustain injuries.

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one has been killed in a T-bone motorcycle accident in Long Island, you will want to consult with a Long Island motorcycle accident attorney about your legal rights. Insurance companies often try to blame motorcyclists for causing crashes, even when the other motorist was at fault. Insurers try to pay as little as possible to resolve injury claims.

Let a T-bone wreck attorney at Cohen & Jaffe review the specifics of your broadside motorcycle crash and discuss your legal options. When you are represented by Cohen & Jaffe, our attorneys will seek to recover every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to claim.

Call 516-358-6900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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Main Causes of Wrecks by Motorcycles

T-bone motorcycle accidents are often the result of negligence on the part of a driver who fails to see a motorcyclist at an intersection. A driver may overlook a motorcycle in traffic or misjudge a motorcycle’s closing speed and pull into its path, causing a crash. The motorcyclist may be unable to avoid a collision and hit the side of the larger car or truck.

In general, common causes of T-bone motorcycle accidents include:

  • Texting and driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to signal
  • Improper or illegal turns
  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper lane changes
  • Unsafe crossing of traffic

The most common cause of broadside accidents is a failure to yield to another vehicle that has the right of way. Speed is often a contributing factor in these T-bone collisions. Many broadside accidents involve motorcycles passing through intersections.

Motorcycles often strike the sides of cars when the automobile driver turns unexpectedly in front of the oncoming motorcyclist.

You are going to want to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident so your attorney can start an independent investigation into your crash. The lawyer will try to determine the cause of your accident and who was at fault. In a complex multi-vehicle accident, Cohen & Jaffe may work with accident reconstruction specialists to identify how the accident occurred.

You can help preserve evidence at the scene of your crash simply by taking as many photos of your accident scene as you can. Get photographs of the vehicles and people involved in the broadside accident.

 

T-bone Accidents Caused by Motorcycles

Determining who had the right of way and who is at fault is essential in the preparation of a broadside motorcycle accident claim. Insurance companies are often quick to assume that motorcyclists caused the crash.

Either the vehicle hit broadside or the vehicle that struck the other in the side may be found to be at fault, depending on who had the right of way when the crash occurred. Our attorneys seek to gather evidence to show that our client was not at fault.

If you have been injured, do not let concerns about your own contribution to the accident prevent you from contacting a lawyer to review the accident. New York is one of the states that uses a pure comparative fault system of apportioning damages in personal injury cases. This means that you may file a motorcycle accident lawsuit against another person for any accident claim even if you were partly at fault.

The one catch to pure comparative fault is that you may have any compensation that you are awarded reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. This means that a motorcyclist who is awarded $100,000 in a T-bone motorcycle accident case but is found to have been 40 percent at fault will have his or her award reduced by $40,000. In this example, the injured motorcyclist would ultimately receive $60,000.

When to Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

It is always in your best interest to contact a Long Island motorcycle injury attorney at Cohen & Jaffe as soon as possible after a serious accident. Our lawyers can assist you with a number of important issues in your life.

The major reason to get a lawyer involved right away is so the lawyer can deal with an insurance company on your behalf.

Do not be fooled with how pleasant an insurance adjuster might seem. The adjuster may seem interested in your health and recovery. All employees for insurance companies have been trained to try to get people to disclose information that undermines their case. You need to be careful about how you respond to every question you are asked.

Never provide a recorded statement to a claims adjuster without consulting a lawyer. You generally want to avoid expressing any opinions about your accident. You should limit any comments to the specific facts of your crash that are not in dispute, such as the date and time of the accident.

If the insurance company offers a quick settlement of the motorcycle accident, you should have a lawyer review the offer before accepting it or signing any liability release. Insurance companies often offer lowball settlements that sound impressive at first blush, but don’t come close to covering the accident victim’s medical bills and other losses. It is important to have an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer review any settlement offer and discuss whether the settlement offer is reasonable based on the facts of the accident.

Many motorcycle crash victims have difficulty paying medical bills and affording ongoing treatment for their injuries. Cohen & Jaffe may be able to contact your medical providers and get them to delay medical debt collection efforts while your injury claim is pending. You may be able to continue receiving treatment with the understanding that the medical provider would be paid from any settlement or court award that you receive.

A Cohen & Jaffe attorney can handle phone calls from insurers for you so that you will not have to worry about saying anything that jeopardizes your case. Our attorneys have experience dealing with insurance companies to negotiate a fair settlement that covers all costs you are facing because of your T-bone accident. Our legal team will be prepared to file a lawsuit if an insurer refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement.

Injuries Caused by T-bone Motorcycle Accidents in Long Island

A motorcyclist involved in a T-bone collision is at risk of serious injuries. Understanding motorcycle safety measures can decrease the number of bike crashes each year.

The State of New York requires all people riding motorcycles to wear helmets, and helmets can certainly help reduce the chances of serious head or brain injuries. They cannot, however, provide protection to the remainder of a person’s body. Most motorcycle accident victims are left exposed to significant harm.

The exposure of motorcyclists is dramatically different from the occupants of motor vehicles, who are often restrained and protected by very strong motor vehicle frames. The result is that people who are riding motorcycles can suffer severe injuries even in lower-speed crashes that result in no injuries for motor vehicle occupants.

Motorcyclists may be thrown from their bikes.

Possible injuries could include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation
  •  Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Internal organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Lacerations
  • Muscle strains
  • Back injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Sprains

Many T-bone motorcycle accidents can also result in fatal injuries. The family of a person killed in one of these accidents can have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Did you or a loved one sustain catastrophic injuries in a T-bone motorcycle accident in Long Island?

Do not wait to get in touch with Cohen & Jaffe

Stephen M. Cohen earned his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 1974 and founded our firm in 1980. Richard S. Jaffe volunteers as a Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-CC) and firefighter on Long Island. Our firm boasts more than a century of combined legal experience in personal injury litigation, and our record of success includes $300,000 recovered for a motorcycle accident caused by a large metal construction plate in the roadway.

Our Motor vehicle accident attorneys will fight for justice for you if you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist.

Call 516-358-6900 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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