Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Suffolk County, New York
How to Recover Maximum Financial Compensation for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
What’s not to love about riding your motorcycle around Suffolk County? Whether a motorcycle appeals to you because of its small size and the ability to zip about to and from, or you like the “biker lifestyle” that comes with owning a motorcycle, riders in Suffolk County know that these perks of motorcycle riding come with significant risks. Most notably, serious injuries – even death – can result in a biker involved in a motorcycle collision. These terrible consequences can befall a biker regardless of whether the motorcycle accident is the biker’s fault.
Motorcycle collisions in Suffolk County are not to be taken lightly. The financial harm and stress these accidents can cause for injured bikers and their families can be devastating. Motorcycle accident lawsuits filed on behalf of injured motorcyclists can help alleviate some of these financial worries, stresses, and fears.
Causes of Motorcycle Collisions in Suffolk County
Like other traffic collisions, motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. In the clear majority of cases, there is little that can be done once a careless act or acts are committed and the chain of events leading to a collision is set in motion. Motorcycle collisions in Suffolk County can only truly be prevented by bikers and other motorists alike driving their vehicles in a careful manner.
This means avoiding negligent driving behavior such as:
- Cutting off or pulling in front of motorcyclists: Despite public awareness campaigns and other efforts to make motorists aware of motorcyclists on the road, drivers of trucks and passenger vehicles can still fail to remember to check for motorcyclists before changing lanes. Or motorists may feel as if they can “beat” an oncoming motorcyclist and will turn in front of a motorcyclist. In either case, motorcyclists may be required to take evasive maneuvers and may end up crashing into other vehicles or obstacles.
- Not using caution when opening doors: Drivers who park their cars on the street are usually careful to make sure other cars and trucks are not approaching before opening their doors. However, motorists may not take the time to scan the street for approaching motorcyclists before opening their doors. Car doors that suddenly open into the path of oncoming motorcycles can easily send the motorcyclist flying off his or her bike and causing catastrophic injuries.
- Disregarding “right of way” rules: In Suffolk County, New York’s traffic laws dictate what motorist has the “right of way” – that is, the right to proceed and expect others to yield to him or her – in various circumstances. These include at uncontrolled intersections, when two or more roads or lanes of travel merge, and at road construction sites. Some motorists become angered or irritated at the sign of a motorcyclist because the feel motorcyclists act “entitled” on the roadway and will deliberately ignore right-of-way laws. Other motorists simply forget to look for motorcyclists as well as other vehicles before proceeding through these types of road features. In either case, motorcyclists are at risk of serious harm.
There are other potential causes of motorcycle crashes in Suffolk County as well. A mechanic or repair shop may not complete a necessary repair properly, making the motorcycle safe to ride. Drivers on the road who consume alcohol, illegal drugs, or who fail to take precautions when using over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs can become too impaired or intoxicated to drive around motorcyclists safely. Sometimes a motorcycle collision is the result of two or more people’s bad or careless acts. In such a situation, recovering an appropriate amount of compensation will depend in part on (1) identifying the various causes of the motorcycle accident and who is responsible for them; and (2) determining the role each of those causes played in bringing about the collision and/or the resulting injuries.
Whatever the cause or causes of a motorcycle collision – and regardless of who is at fault – motorcycle accident injury victims can trust that Parker Waichman LLP has been there and seen that. Parker Waichman LLP has the tools, knowledge, and background to unravel the chain of events that led to a victim’s motorcycle collision and obtain justice on behalf of the victim.
Seeking Medical and Legal Help for a Motorcycle Collision in Suffolk County
A motorcyclist injured in a motorcycle collision in Suffolk County will likely need, at best, swift evaluation by trained medical personnel or, at worst, emergency care and surgery as quickly as possible. This evaluation and/or care will likely come from any one of a number of hospitals located in Suffolk County, including the Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center in Patchogue or Riverhead’s Peconic Bay Medical Center. While a victim may not always have a choice as to what medical center or hospital to which he or she is transported after a motorcycle crash, victims should be careful about seeking treatment from a provider that is very far from the scene of the collision. Some injuries (like traumatic brain injuries) can require immediate medical intervention in order to prevent lifelong disabilities and problems.
Counties in New York have one or more Supreme Courts where motorcycle crash lawsuits can be filed. These courts have jurisdiction (i.e., legal authority and power) to hear motorcycle accident lawsuits involving alleged injuries and financial harm that exceeds a certain threshold. In Suffolk County, such courts can be found in Central Islip, Riverhead, and elsewhere. There is a measure of strategy involved in choosing the most appropriate location in which to file you’re a lawsuit: a motorcycle accident injury victim’s attorney will be up to speed on the relevant considerations that should be made and can help advise the victim on where his or her case should be filed.
Injuries Typically Seen in Suffolk County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists involved in accidents and collisions will rarely escape with minor or no injuries. While wearing protective gear like a helmet, gloves, and durable clothing can go a long way in helping minimize the likelihood of receiving severe injuries, no motorcyclist should expect to walk away from any collision or accident with no injuries at all. Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions, or “road rash,” are common and can be quite painful and unsightly; however, unless such injuries cover a large portion of the motorcyclist’s body or affect several layers of skin, such injuries are not likely to be life-threatening.
However, motorcyclists can also suffer one or more of the following types of injuries which can be more serious and result in death or permanent disability:
- Head/brain injuries: There is nothing – no windshield, no car chassis, nothing – to protect a motorcyclist’s head from the pavement, another vehicle, or another obstruction or hazard in the event of a collision. This is why a helmet is so critical; however, even a helmet cannot prevent all injuries to the head or brain. A motorcyclist involved in any collision where he or she hits his or her head (i.e., any crash other than the most minor of collisions) should be evaluated by medical personnel as soon as possible to ensure any head or brain trauma is promptly addressed.
- Back and neck injuries: Because motorcyclists involved in collisions are at an increased risk of being “catapulted” or thrown from their bikes, there is a corresponding increase in the risk of back and neck injuries for motorcyclists as well. Not all of these injuries are fatal; however, even non-fatal back and neck injuries are serious. Such injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis or significant and long-lasting pain and limitation of movement.
- Hip/leg injuries: Broken bones in the pelvis or legs are not only extremely painful, but they can also take an extraordinary amount of time to set and heal. In a sizeable number of cases, rods, pins, or other hardware will need to be surgically implanted in order to repair the broken bone(s). Mobility issues are common, and these issues may last for months or years after the initial injury.
Any and all of these injuries can require a considerable amount of money to properly treat. While one’s own insurance policy may be able to cover some of the expenses associated with obtaining medical care, going through rehabilitation or therapy, and the time one misses from work, insurance benefits will usually not be enough on their own to cover a victim’s pain and suffering, mental distress, harm to or strain placed upon familial relationships, and ongoing treatment needs. In serious motorcycle collisions, injured motorcyclists may be able to pursue a claim of compensation through the courts instead of exclusively through an insurance claim.
Successful motorcycle injury cases are able to help put injured Suffolk County motorcyclists and their families in a secure financial position so they can move forward without worrying how they will pay for medical expenses or meet their day-to-day bills and obligations without a steady and reliable income. Such peace of mind is often of immense value to not just the injured motorcyclist but to his or her family members as well.
Do Not Miss Your Chance to Obtain Compensation for Your Suffolk County Motorcycle Accident Losses
Injuries from a Suffolk County motorcycle accident can take months – even years – to heal. Injury victims do not, however, have that kind of time to wait and decide whether they need to be compensated financially. In fact, New York law only gives injured motorcyclists a three-year “window” to decide whether a motorcycle injury lawsuit is the right move for them. Once that period of time passes, it is presumed that the injured cyclist does not wish to exercise his or her legal rights and it becomes difficult – i.e., nearly impossible – for the injured cyclist to thereafter initiate a lawsuit.
Having an attorney who can help in investigating a motorcycle collision victim’s claim, gathering medical records, police reports, and other documents, and preparing and timely submitting the paperwork necessary to file the lawsuit and initiate the recovery process. This leaves the injured motorcyclist free and able to concentrate on following his or her doctor’s orders and devoting his or her efforts and attention to recovering from his or her injuries and setting his or her life back in order.
Contact the Suffolk County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP Today
Having received numerous prestigious awards and recognition for our advocacy as well as for our service to our clients, Parker Waichman LLP is the smart choice when you or a loved one have been hurt in a Suffolk County motorcycle crash. Our law firm expends every effort to help you recover the financial compensation award you and your family need during this difficult time.
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