Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

According to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), most motorcycle accidents in Brooklyn occur on local roads, not highways. Because a motorcycle offers no protection from an impact with a larger vehicle, many such accidents prove fatal. Those fortunate enough to survive the crash may suffer long-term or permanent disability.  

If you were seriously injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, a motorcycle accident lawyer in Brooklyn at Douglas & London will protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Since 2002, we have recovered over $18 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you recover compensation for your damages and losses. 

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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

While every Brooklyn motorcycle accident involves unique fact patterns, lack of visibility is often a significant factor. Drivers simply do not notice a motorcyclist or do not see them until it is too late. As per NYC DOT, the types of collisions most frequently cited in motorcycle crashes indicate that “visibility is an issue for motorcyclists and motor vehicle drivers.”

Other most common causes of Brooklyn motorcycle accidents include: 

  • Distracted driving  
  • Driving under the influence 
  • Failure to yield  
  • Poorly maintained roads 
  • Speeding  
  • Unsafe lane changes  

While motorcycles account for just 2 percent of vehicle registrations in New York City and are used for commuting by only 0.1 percent of residents, motorcycle collisions make up 14 percent of traffic-related fatalities and 7 percent of all serious traffic injuries.  

Injuries Commonly Associated with Motorcycle Collisions

Motorcycle accident injuries are often catastrophic and include the following: 

  • Broken bones  
  • Disfigurement  
  • Internal organ damage  
  • Lacerations  
  • Loss of limbs or digits  
  • Road rash  
  • Spinal cord injuries  
  • Traumatic brain injury  

Motorcycle accident victims may endure more than physical injuries. Such accidents may result in emotional distress and PTSD. Further, if there is a fatality, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable parties. 

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The Benefits of Hiring a Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

Hiring a personal injury attorney is crucial if you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence. Their insurance company may offer a quick settlement but never accept it without legal representation. Insurers want to settle claims quickly and cheaply. Their initial offer is usually a lowball amount, and insurance companies are generally biased against motorcyclists.  

In addition, the overwhelming majority of motorcycle accident victims are young and male. Based on the severity of the injuries, they may require long-term or lifelong care. They may never work again or can no longer work in their current occupation.  

What might seem like a fair settlement for an accident victim dealing with serious injuries is almost certainly inadequate. They may face mounting medical bills, the need for special equipment, and perhaps residence in a nursing home or similar facility to recover.   

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Handle Insurance Issues in New York  

New York is a no-fault insurance state for motor vehicles. However, under Insurance Law Section 5103, no-fault insurance does not extend to motorcycles. That exclusion is due to the perception of insurance companies that motorcycles are exceptionally risky. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver may be your only option to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.   

A Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyer knows a fair and reasonable amount for the types of injuries you suffered and your prognosis. They will negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a reasonable settlement amount that meets your anticipated future needs. While most Brooklyn motorcycle accident claims are resolved in settlement negotiations, we will take your case to trial if necessary.  

Investigating the Accident to Determine Liability 

Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your case and identify all potential defendants. In some cases, more than one defendant may prove liable. For instance, if the accident resulted from poor road maintenance, the governmental authority with jurisdiction over that roadway may face liability.  

Besides reviewing medical and police records and interviewing eyewitnesses, lawyers may hire experts to testify on your behalf. Such experts may include accident reconstructionists or medical specialists. The goal is always getting you the maximum compensation for your claim.   

Statute of Limitations  

In New York State, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is generally three years from the accident date. It’s essential to consult a Brooklyn motorcycle lawyer as soon as possible. Otherwise, valuable evidence that can support your claim may vanish. Local surveillance video may be erased. Locating eyewitnesses becomes more challenging.  

Contact Us at Douglas & London for a Free Consultation

Since our practice opened in 2002, we have earned more than $18 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We work tirelessly to help maximize your financial compensation and help you and your family rebuild your lives. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today to book a free consultation with a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. You will never receive a legal bill from us unless you win your case.