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.
Call our Suffolk County law office and see what we can do for you: Contact us online or at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out our website contact form.
How Do I Get My Police Report?
Within hours of an arrest or accident, a police report is generated by the investigating officer who inputs the case information. If the case is ongoing, it may be difficult to obtain the report or you may only be able to get the “public portion” until the case has wrapped up and any charges have been filed. After the police investigation has concluded, your attorney will have access to the full police report and you can ask them for a copy. The only other way to obtain a copy of a police report is to go to your local government website and request a report by filling out a form and either submitting it electronically, via mail, or in person depending on the instructions listed on your local government’s website. There may be a fee associated with requesting a copy of a police report and it may take several days after the incident for the report to be available.
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Nassau County Auxiliary Police (516) 679-5810
2708 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710 East Rockaway Police Department (516) 887-6319
6 James St S, East Rockaway, NY 11518 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-4450
376 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518 Freeport Police Department (516) 378-0700
40 N Ocean Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6500
1655 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY 11003 Floral Park Police Department (516) 326-6400
1 Floral Boulevard, Floral Park, NY 11001 Garden City Police Department (516) 465-4100
349 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 Glen Cove Police Department (516) 676-1000
1 Bridge St, Glen Cove, NY 11542 Great Neck Estates Police Department (516) 487-7700
1 Cedar Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 Kensington Police Department (516) 482-0480
1 Beverly Road #A Great Neck, NY 11021 Lake Success Police Department (516) 482-4600
318 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11021 Hempstead Police Department (516) 483-6200
99 Games A. Garner Way, Hempstead, NY 11550 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6400
1699 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557 Village of Kings Point Police Department (516) 482-1000
32 Stepping Stone Ln, Kings Point, NY 11024 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6800
286 N Wantagh Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 Long Beach Auxiliary Police (516) 431-6868
859 E Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561 Long Beach Police Department (516) 431-1800
1 W Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561 Lynbrook Police Headquarters (516) 599-3300
1 Columbus Drive, Lynbrook, NY 11563 Malverne Police Department (516) 599-3141
1 Britton Circle, Malverne, NY 11565 Mineola Auxiliary Police (516) 746-2448
300 Garfield Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-7000
1490 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 Old Brookville Police Department (516) 626-1300
5701 Northern Boulevard, Old Brookville, NY 11545 Old Westbury Police Department (516) 626-0200
1 Store Hill Road A, Old Westbury, NY 11568 Centre Island Police Department (516) 922-6466
100 Centre Island Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Oyster Bay Cove Police Department (516) 922-6363
Berry Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Port Washington Police Department (516) 883-0500
500 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 Sands Point Police Department (516) 883-3100
26 Tibbits Lane, Port Washington, NY 11050 Rockville Centre Police Department (516) 766-1500
34 Maple Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6700
3636 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-5275
970 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590 Westbury Auxiliary Police (516) 876-4925
645 Union Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6300
214 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY Williston Park Auxiliary Police (516) 746-0720
494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11696 Jericho Auxiliary Police (516) 364-3433
807 Dee Ln, Woodbury, NY 11797 Nassau County Police Department (516) 573-6200
7700 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
St. Joseph Hospital (516) 579-6000
4295 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714 Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554 Glen Cove Hospital (516) 674-7588
101 St Andrews Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542 South Nassau Communities Hospital Off-Campus Emergency Department (516) 870-1010
325 East Bay Drive, Long Beach, NY 11561 North Shore University Hospital (516) 562-8730
300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030 NYU Winthrop Hospital (516) 663-0333
259 First Street, Mineola, NY 11501 Mount Sinai South Nassau (516) 632-3000
One Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY 11572 Plainview Hospital (516) 719-3000
888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803 Mercy Medical Center (516) 705-2525
1000 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 St Francis Hospital (516) 562-6000
100 Port Washington Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576 Syosset Hospital (516) 496-6400
221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791 Northwell Health – Long Island Jewish Valley Stream (516) 256-6000
900 Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
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Amityville Police Department (631) 264-0400
21 Ireland Place, Amityville, NY 11701 Saltaire Public Safety Office (631) 583-5572
14 Bay Prom St, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8300
1630 5th Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706 NY State Police (631) 231-5962
800 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717 MTAPD (631) 851-2230
10 West Suffolk Avenue, Central Islip, NY 11722 East Hampton Police Department (631) 324-3018
159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY 11937 East Hampton Village Police Department (631) 324-0777
1 Cedar St, East Hampton, NY 11937 Huntington Bay Police Department (631) 427-2843
244 Vineyard Road, Halesite, NY 11743 Southampton Town Police Department (631) 728-3400
110 Old Riverhead Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 Lloyd Harbor Police Department (631) 549-8800
380 W Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8200
1071 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 Harbor Police Department (631) 224-5656
Bayview Avenue, Islip NY 11751 Montauk Police Precinct (631) 668-3709
52 S Embassy St, Montauk, NY 11954 Asharoken Police Department (631) 261-7400
1 Asharoken Avenue #1, Northport, NY 11768 Northport Village Police Department (631) 261-7500
224 Main St, Northport, NY 11768 Ocean Beach Police Department (631) 583-5866
1 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770 Southold Police Department (631) 765-2600
41405 Route 25, Peconic, NY 11958 Quogue Police Department (631) 653-4175
115 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959 Riverhead Police Department (631) 727-4500
210 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 Sag Harbor Police Headquarters (631) 725-0058
70 Division St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Head of the Harbor Police Department (631) 584-7891
500 Route 25a, St James, NY 11780 Nisseuogue Police Department (631) 584-5302
Moriches Road, St James, NY 11780 Old Field Village Constables (631) 941-9401
207 Old Field Road, Setauket, NY 11733 Shelter Island Police Department (631) 749-0600
44 N Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 Southampton Village Police (631) 283-0056
151 Windmill Ln, Southampton, NY 11968 East Hampton Town Police Department (631) 537-7575
131 Wainscott Road, Wainscott, NY 11975 Suffolk County Police Department (631) 854-8100
555 Route 109, West Babylon, NY 11704
Southside Hospital (631) 968-3000
301 East Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (631) 477-1000
201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944 Huntington Hospital (631) 351-2200
270 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 Long Island Community Hospital (631) 654-7100
101 Hospital Road, Patchogue, NY 11772 John T Mather Memorial Hospital of Port Jefferson New York Inc (631) 473-1320
75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 St. Charles Hospital (631) 474-6600
200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 Peconic Bay Medical Center (631) 548-6000
1300 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 St Catherine of Siena Hospital (631) 862-3107
50 Route 25a, Smithtown, NY 11787 Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (631) 726-8200
240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968 University Hospital (631) 444-2701
Health Sciences Center SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794 Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, (631) 376-3000
1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795
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