Motorcyclists have the legal right to expect that other motorists will share the road with them to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities. However, if a driver of a passenger car is speeding, driving while distracted, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she increases the risk of causing an accident. Contact a New York motorcycle accident lawyer today for more information about pursuing a claim for compensation if you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the irresponsibility or negligence of another.
Drivers may tailgate a motorcyclist to make him or her travel faster than what is legally posted. In other cases, drivers may attempt to speed to their destinations and fail to yield when directed to do so. Motorcyclists are at a greater risk of suffering from severe injuries or fatalities because they simply do not have the protection around them that drivers of cars do. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include neck or spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or brain damage, disfigurement, bone fractures, loss of limbs, paralysis and death.
While motorcycle accidents typically occur due to driver negligence, including cutting off a motorcyclist at intersections, swerving in front of a motorcyclist, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or failing to pay attention to the road, some incidents occur due to defects in the motorcycle itself.
If you have been injured and you would like to pursue a claim for compensation, it is important to determine who is responsible for the accident. A New York motorcycle accident lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding the crash and help you understand whether more than one party could be named as a defendant. Other possible individuals or entities include:
- The motorcycle rental company
- The manufacturer of the motorcycle or its parts
- The manufacturer or retailer of safety equipment such as a helmet
- The mechanic or repair shop responsible for inspecting, repairing and maintaining the motorcycle
- The driver of the other car
- The government agency responsible for maintaining, constructing or designing the roadway on which the accident occurred
If You Have Been Injured, Contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident and you believe that the incident was caused by fault or negligence, you may have legal recourse. Contact Attorney Group for New York today for more information about your options and to schedule your free, no obligation consultation. We can evaluate your case and help you determine if you are able to seek damages for your injuries, and if you have a case, we can place you in contact with an affiliated New York motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you throughout the legal process.