Nassau County Motorcycle Accident
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can cause devastating, life altering injuries. Riding a motorcycle poses serious risks because you do not have the same protection as you do in a car, truck, SUV or other enclosed motor vehicle. Furthermore, motorcyclists are more prone to accidents from road conditions and inclement weather as well. In addition, motorcycle accidents occur also because there was a design problem, or a problem with the way it was manufactured, resulting in the motorcycle being defective. Injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents are usually quite severe, including head injuries, injuries to the spine, amputations or bone fractures. Depending on the severity of the motorcycle accident injury, the victim may face permanent disabilities, job loss, the end of a career, and substantial medical bills. If you were in a motorcycle accident and are in need of a personal injury lawyer it is important that you immediately contact a Nassau County motorcycle accident attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.Common causes of motorcycle accidents
As in any vehicle accident, if another person was operating his or her vehicle negligently, causing the accident that resulted in your injury, then that negligent driver is liable. There are four elements that you must establish to prevail in a negligence case. You must show that the defendant had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a reasonable, safe manner so as to not cause harm to others. A driver who breaches this duty is negligent. In New York it is against the law to operate a vehicle in an unsafe manner. For example, if a driver follows another too closely, then that driver would be guilty of operating his or her vehicle in an unsafe manner and was therefore negligent. You must then show that as a result of being negligent the defendant caused your injuries and that you suffered a compensable loss. This means that even if the defendant was negligent, if the negligence did not cause you any harm, then you will not be able to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Your medical records will be able to prove the extent of your injuries, and your medical bills will show that you suffered a compensable loss.Motorcycle accident injuries
Motorcycle accidents are often serious, resulting in severe injuries. A motorcyclist who is thrown from a motorcycle or collides with another vehicle even at a relatively low rate of speed may suffer potentially life-altering injuries such as bone fractures, back injuries or injuries to the brain. Broken arms, hands, fingers, legs and ribs are common motorcycle accident injuries. Fractured bones are painful, can limit the mobility of the victim and require several weeks to heal. Physical therapy is often needed after the bone has healed.
An injury to the spinal cord injury can lead to permanent paralysis, changing your life forever. Even when helmets are worn, motorcyclists sometimes still suffer severe enough head injuries such that the brain is damaged. Traumatic brain injury can leave the victim in a coma or vegetative state. It can also result in permanent injuries such as nerve damage, communication problems and cognitive deficits. While many motorcycle accidents lead to catastrophic injuries, many others are fatal.Pursuing a claim
If the negligence of another driver caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries, you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. The negligent driver may have to pay for your emergency room visit, surgery, rehabilitation, visits to the doctor, medication, assistive equipment and future related medical expenses. In addition, the negligent driver may be liable for other economic losses you sustained such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. The negligent driver may be ordered to compensate you for damage to your property, such as the damage to your vehicle. In addition, a court may award you non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that you believe was caused by another person's negligence, you should also contact an attorney who understands the legal issues associated with vehicle 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 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.