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Motorcycle Accidents in New York

Motorcycle accidents in New York have become rampant, with the number almost matching those of car accidents. However, motorcycle accidents cause more severe injuries and are more fatal.

Motorcyclists do not have the same kind of protections that car drivers have.

You Deserve Compensation.

If you or your loved one has been injured when on a motorbike due to another person’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your injuries. This also applies if your family member dies in a fatal motorbike accident. 

Contact our team of New York motorcycle accident attorneys today so that we can advise on the best course of action.

Main Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding and driver aggression
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Unsafe turns
  • Drunk or drugged driving
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  • Traffic violations
  • Tailgating
  • Left turn accidents
  • Road hazards
  • Vehicle defects

It is important to note the cause of your accident as it is the basis of liability towards the negligent party.

Determining Liability for a Motorcycle Accident

New York law has a contributory negligence clause. Based on it, more than one party can be held liable for a motorcycle crash, but often the liability lies with the car driver, as most motorcycle accidents happen when a driver crashes into a motorcyclist.

Government entities can also hold liability when a motorcycle crash happens due to road hazards that they are responsible for.  For example potholes and necessary road signage. 

If a defective part of a motorcycle resulted in a crash, the manufacturer or distributor is likely to be held liable for the ensuing injury in a product liability lawsuit.

Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident


If you are seriously injured, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t seek medical attention immediately, make sure you do it as soon as possible to avoid complications. 


When you call 911 to get an ambulance, they should also be able to dispatch a team of police officers to the accident scene. The police will assess the document of the accident scene and prepare a police report.


If you do not require emergency medical attention,  ask witnesses on site if they are willing to testify. Also document the aftermath of accident scene,  any road hazards, and damages to your motorbike.


If the motorcycle accident involved other motorists, talk to them without taking responsibility for the accident. Obtain their insurance information, license plate numbers, and their contact information


Make sure you keep records of all medical expenses you incur, a copy of the police report, as well as records for other quantifiable economic losses such as lost future and present income. 


Contact an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney to help you figure out your options. We are just a call away and will help you build a solid case and fight for full and fair compensation.

How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

The clock starts ticking the minute you get involved in a motorcycle accident. New York statute of limitations dictates the amount of time you have to file a motorcycle accident claim either for injuries or wrongful death. Claims against government entities have their own notification guidelines. Speak to our team of New York accident attorneys as soon as possible so that we can advise on the right timelines for filing a claim about the accident.

What Type of Compensation Can I Recover?

New York’s no-fault insurance law does not apply to motorcycle accidents. However, motorcyclists can claim compensation if another negligent party caused the accident. 

You are able to recover the following damages

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress 
  • The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement and scarring
  • Punitive damages, in rare cases where extreme misconduct led to harm

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