New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycles are a common mode of transportation and are one of the most dangerous vehicles to drive. Motorcycle accidents occur more frequently than other accidents involving vehicles. The rate of injuries is high as well.
A motorcycle offers less protection in a crash than an enclosed vehicle. So motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death.
There are several ways to avoid motorcycle accidents in White Plains. You can reduce your chance of accident or injury by taking the following precautions:
- Wearing a fitted helmet
- Wearing leather pants
- Wearing a heavy duty leather jacket
- Not speeding
- Avoiding distraction
- Wearing an approved shield on your helmet or goggles
- Not weaving between lanes
- Avoiding blind spots of cars or trucks
- Using turn signals
- Braking slowly
- Watching the “No Zones”
- Not cutting lanes in traffic
- Not riding when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the federal government, in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. Approximately 4,000 motorcyclists die in crashes every year, and 80,000 are hurt, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2009, 44% of all victims fatally injured in a motorcycle accident were not wearing helmets. According to NHTSA, in 2010, a total of 29% fatal motorcycle accidents involved riders with a blood alcohol level above the legal nationwide limit, .08. In 2008, 35% of all fatal motorcycle accidents were the result of speeding.
What to do Following an Accident
Receiving medical attention is the first step if you or a family member suffers an injury during an accident. Exchange all necessary driver and insurance information with from the other parties involved. Always remember to remain at the scene of the accident. This can prevent criminal charges. You should also call 911 to report the accident. Report your injuries to a medical professional as well.
Create a written record of your injuries, pain, inability to sleep and other problems stemming from the motorcycle accident. It helps to create a visual record of your injuries and to have a trusted friend or medical professional take photographs of your injuries. If you are able, be sure to retain the contact information of any witnesses and take pictures of the accident and all vehicles.
If you sustain an injury due to the negligence of another, our motorcycle accident attorneys in White Plains will evaluate your case. It is essential to discuss your legal rights with your attorney to find out what options are available.
Insurance Coverage in a Motorcycle Accident in New York
New York State Insurance Law under article 51 excludes motorcyclists under the No-Fault Law. New York Motorcycle Insurance minimums are $25,000 per person injured in any one accident and $50,000 for two or more people. In the case of death, insurance minimums are $50,000 for one person in one accident and $100,000 for the deaths of two or more people in one accident.
Supplemental Underinsured Motorist and Uninsured Motorist (UM/SUM) Coverage is also available to owners of motorcycles. An injured motorcyclist’s insurance policy will reveal the amount of UM/SUM coverage they have purchased. New York insurance requirements for motorcycles are relatively more flexible than in other states. For instance, in most states, the standard policy length is 6 to 12 months, while most policies written in New York are 8 months instead.
Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. represents motor vehicle accident victims including auto, motorcycle & bus collision victims in Westchester and Bronx Counties.
For over fifty years, Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. has limited the practice of law solely and exclusively to personal injury matters, including:
Contact Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in New York
If you or a loved one is hurt as the result of a motorcycle accident, the Law Office of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., has the experience and dedication to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. We will pursue your case to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, lost earnings, and property damage. The firm works solely on a contingency fee – no fee charged unless and until the client recovers money – so every person can obtain representation, regardless of financial status or ability to pay.
If you want to pursue a claim against another driver, our New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney can help you navigate the complex New York State laws. You can reach Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. by phone (914) 357-8911 or (212) 385 1954 or Bronx (718) 619-4215 or fax us at (914) 428-4126