Nassau County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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. 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 that was caused by the negligence of another person, contact a Nassau County motorcycle accident lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates 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 their 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.
- Duty. You must show that the defendant had a duty to operate their vehicle in a reasonable, safe manner so as to not cause harm to others.
- Breach of duty. 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 leading to a rear end accident, then that driver would be guilty of operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner and was therefore negligent.
- Causation. You must then show that as a result of being negligent the defendant caused your injuries.
- Damages. You must show that the defendant’s actions resulted in you suffering 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. An experienced Nassau County motorcycle accident lawyer will help you gather the necessary records and other evidence to help ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your 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 serious injuries such as broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, or a back injury. While many motorcycle accidents lead to catastrophic injuries, many others are fatal.Pursuing Compensation
If the negligence of another driver caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries, with the help of a motorcycle accident attorney in Nassau County you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. The negligent driver may be required to pay for all of your medical expenses that are a result of their negligence. This may include past medical expenses such as the emergency room treatment and hospital stay as well a future medical expenses such as surgery, medical equipment, physical therapy, and rehabilitative services.
In addition, the negligent driver may be liable for other economic losses you sustained such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. As a result of your injury, you may miss many days of work and lose benefits while you are out. Furthermore, you may lose work opportunities in the future if the accident left you with a permanent disability.
Any serious injury is likely to cause you physical pain as well as emotional trauma. Because of this, a court may award you damages for pain and suffering. Depending on defendant’s actions that led to the accident, you may also be awarded punitive damages.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that you believe was caused by another person's negligence, contact an attorney who understands the legal issues associated with motorcycle accidents as well as the medical issues associated with catastrophic injuries. The motorcycle accident attorneys serving Nassau County at Stephen Bilkis & Associates have decades of experience representing victims injured in vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: Nassau County, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.