Each year, thousands of motorcyclists on Long Island and in New York get into accidents, resulting in hundreds of deaths. According to statistics from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2008, approximately 5,000 motorcycle accidents occurred. These accidents led to about 200 deaths and thousands of mild, moderate, and severe injuries.
Statistically speaking, motorcyclists are much more likely to be killed or injured during an accident. Therefore, it's important for riders to know how to try and avoid common accidents and reduce their risks of being injured if an accident does occur.
How Our Experienced Lawyers Can Help You
Even when safety precautions are taken, many motorcycle accidents are simply inevitable. Following an accident, it's important to have an experienced lawyer who truly understands your case. A motorcycle lawyer can ensure that you understand your legal rights. In the state of New York, motorcyclists often don't truly understand the legal process that follows an accident, as the rights for a motorcyclists are different from those of car drivers. No-fault insurance, mandatory for car drivers, doesn't cover motorcyclists, so the driver must use private insurance (if available) for medical and hospital expenses. Unlike car drivers, a motorcycle rider can successfully sue in cases, even when an injury isn't necessarily "severe," or debilitating.
Aside from helping you to better understand this basic policy, a lawyer can help you to collect monetary compensation for your motorcycle accident. At Goldstein and Bashner, our lawyers have dealt with many motorcycle accident cases on major roads throughout Long Island, including the Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Southern State Parkway, and the Northern State Parkway. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation.