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Long Island Motorcycle Accident

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, there is a good chance that he (or she) will sustain serious injuries. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars. Motorcycles do not have the protection of walls and a roof. The only protection that a motorcyclist's body may have is a helmet. Even then, a motorcyclist may still sustain and serious head injury that could lead the victim to be disabled for the rest of his life. For the victim, this means substantial medical bills coupled with the inability to work. The victim and his family may then face the challenges of deep financial problems. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident that you believe was caused because another person was negligent, it is important that you immediately contact a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer as the law allows accident victims to pursue damages from those responsible for the accident.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents are very similar to car accidents. They can be caused for a variety of reasons. In most cases motorcycle accidents are caused by negligence and can be avoided. For example, if the driver of a vehicle fails to abide by a traffic law and as a result collides with a motorcyclist, then that driver would be guilty of driving negligently. Examples of common causes of motorcycle accidents as well as other types of vehicle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Drive while drunk
  • Texting while driving
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Improper lane change
  • Failing to yield

Motorcyclists are affected by road hazards more than cars. For example, pot holes that the city or state failed to repair or debris that fell from a truck can easily cause a motorcyclist to lose control and end up in an accident. If this happens, then the government entity that failed to keep the road in good repair or the truck driver who failed to properly secure the load may be legally liable to the motorcyclist who suffered injuries. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Long Island will be able explain the procedure for filing a claim against the government.

Motorcycle accident injuries

Motorcycle accidents are often serious, resulting in devastating injuries. Because of the lack of protection that a motorcyclist has, when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident there is a good chance that the motorcyclist will be seriously injured. Common injuries include bone fractures in leg, foot, arm, or hand, broken ribs and abdominal injuries, head and brain injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, and deep cuts and abrasions

Sadly, it is not uncommon for motorcycle accidents to involve fatalities.

Pursuing a claim for a motorcycle accident

If your motorcycle collision was caused by the negligence of another person, the law gives you the right to pursue a claim against that person and demand damages. The types of damages to which you may be entitled depends on a number of factors and the specifics of your case. However, the possible damages include:

  • Past and future medical expenses including hospital bills, surgery costs, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, medication and medical equipment
  • Lost earnings
  • Lost self-employment income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Humiliation and embarrassment
  • Shock and mental anguish, including PTSD, depression and anxiety
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of spousal relations
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If you lost your loved one in a motorcycle accident, the law allows you to pursue damages through a wrongful death claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates for help

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person's negligence, the first thing you should do is seek medical assistance. In order to ensure that your legal rights are protected, you should also contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney serving Long Island who understands the legal issues associated with motorcycle accidents as well as the medical issues associated with catastrophic injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from all types of vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and truck accidents. Contact us for help at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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