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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Assist Injured Accident Victims

$22.9 Million verdict (reduced on appeal)for a motorcyclist struck by a milk truck in Queens

 

Experienced attorneys fight for the maximum compensation possible

The attorneys at the Brooklyn-based law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki have a thorough understanding of the motorcycle-related issues that typically lead to accidents in Manhattan, Greater New York and elsewhere in the state. Each lawyer at our firm has extensive experience in fighting for maximum awards for motorcycle accident victims.

The risks to motorcyclists on New York streets

In many ways, motorcycles offer a viable alternative to larger vehicles when navigating congested NYC and Manhattan streets. But traffic congestion also increases the risks of motorcycle accidents. Drivers of cars and other larger vehicles cannot always see motorcycles — and drivers tend to put responsibility for accident avoidance on motorcyclists, even though the rules of the road apply to all vehicles.

Though motorcycle accident fatalities are declining, accident numbers remain quite high.. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,985 accidents in 2018, 5,229 in 2017 and 5,337 in 2016. Even if they wear helmets, motorcyclists do not benefit from the same protection afforded to occupants of other types of vehicles. Collisions have a greater likelihood of causing serious injuries, including head and brain trauma, broken bones, internal injuries and debilitating spinal cord damage — particularly when an accident throws riders from their vehicles. Riders who are in serious accidents often need extensive and costly medical treatment and therapy over a long period to achieve full or partial recovery. Others face permanent disability.

How our attorneys can help

In addition to dealing with extensive injuries, motorcyclists can face adverse public opinion when claiming the negligent acts of others caused an accident. At Rubenstein & Rynecki, we anticipate and seek to counteract negative attitudes on the part of potential jurors. We conduct thorough investigations, using a network of investigative experts when needed to develop compelling evidence for each case. We also rely on medical specialists to accurately compile a list of all past, current and future anticipated expenses to help our clients pursue the full value of their claims.

Damages available for a NYC motorcycle accident

Because motorcycle injuries can be so severe, an accident victim may need a lifetime of compensation to cover medical and personal care as well as lost earnings. Damages recoverable after motorcycle accidents can include:

  • Present and future medical bills
  • Present and future lost wages
  • Expenses for rehabilitation and personal care
  • Expenses for home modification to accommodate a disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

As your advocates, our highest duty is to recover the maximum amount of compensation available given the facts of your case.

How New York’s comparative negligence rule can limit your recovery

Since 1975, New York has operated under the rule of pure comparative negligence. This means that an injured party who shares the blame for an accident can recover damages from an at-fault defendant but those damages are reduced according to the injured party’s degree of negligence. Even if you are mostly at fault, you can recover some measure of compensation. However, you could be severely injured and be unable to recover the full amount of your losses. For example, if your total economic and noneconomic losses total $400,000, but you are 20 percent at fault for the crash, you can only collect 80 percent of your damage amount, or $320,000.

As your counsel, we not only prosecute your case against at-fault parties, but we also defend you against accusations that you were also at fault.

Your time to act is limited

Under New York law, a lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date a motorcycle accident occurred. While there are exceptions that could extend that period, you should act as quickly as possible. Over time, evidence can be lost and witnesses’ memories can fade. A delay could seriously compromise your case.

 

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Seek support from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in New York

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a New York motorcycle accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Rubenstein & Rynecki can make a difference to your case. It costs nothing to schedule a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm. Call 718-522-1020 or contact us online today for a free consultation. No recovery, no fee.

Case Results

  • $62 million verdict

    $62 million verdict for medical malpractice causing double amputation

  • $22.9 million verdict

    $22.9 million verdict (reduced on appeal) for a motorcyclist struck by a milk truck in Queens

  • $17.9 million

    $17.9 million for medical malpractice causing amputation of hands and feet