Riding a motorcycle can be incredibly exhilarating and rewarding, but unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are very common. Motorcyclists are less visible on the roads, more exposed, and more prone to catastrophic injury than drivers in passenger vehicles.
Reid Wissner has years of experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents in New York obtain the compensation they deserve. If you are in need of a motorcycle collision lawyer, don't hesitate to call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices today at 212-406-9288 for your free case evaluation.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes?
Motorcycle collisions can occur for a number of reasons, many of which involve the negligence of drivers in passenger vehicles. These can include:
- Driving under the influence
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Not paying attention
Distracted driving is a main cause of motorcycle and car accidents. If you are on a motorcycle, you should always keep a safe distance from surrounding cars and watch for signs that a driver may not see you or may be distracted.
In addition to being aware of other drivers, motorcyclists need to be wary of road hazards that pose little threat to drivers of cars or trucks but can be devastating to someone on a motorbike. These can include:
- Fallen leaves
- Uneven lanes
- Loose gravel
Since motorcyclists face such a large risk of injury in even a minor crash, they need to be constantly alert and observant of everything going on around them.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries caused by a motorcycle crash are often severe, and can even be fatal. The most common types of personal injury to motorcyclists include:
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Broken bones
Brain injuries can have life altering consequences, including long-term damage to cognition, memory, personality, mobility, language skill, and more. Wearing a helmet is one way to help prevent catastrophic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, and helmets can also help prevent death from brain injury.
In New York, motorcycle helmets are mandatory for both drivers and passengers on a motorcycle. Class A and B mopeds also require helmets. In addition to wearing a helmet, protective eyewear is required. New York motorcycle helmet laws are in place for your protection, as it has been shown that helmets dramatically reduce the risk of motorcycle fatalities.
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Following a motorcycle accident in New York, you should immediately take the following steps:
- If someone is badly injured, call 911
- Exchange information with all parties involved
- Call the police
- Call your insurance, but do not admit fault
- Take photographs of everything relevant
- Call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices
You may not think you need a lawyer after being in a motorcycle crash, but if you are injured in any way, medical bills and other expenses can quickly pile up. An experienced motorcycle crash lawyer can help you to obtain the maximum compensation from your insurance, which could help you cover:
- Medical treatment
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
If you accept your insurance company's first settlement offer, chances are very high that you will not receive the full compensation due to you. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not helping people, and they will always try to pay you as little as they can.
Schedule Your Motorcycle Accident Free Consultation in New York
If you are in need of a lawyer after you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle collision, call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices today at 212-406-9288 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, New York.