What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

by William Mattar | May 17th, 2019

motorcycle helmetSome may find that motorcycles can be a fun and a great way to travel while enjoying the beautiful scenery in upstate New York. Although many drivers wear helmets and practice defensive driving on their bikes, motorcycle drivers are still very vulnerable when sharing the road with cars and accidents can often lead to severe injuries and irreparable damage to the vehicle.

What Happens After a Motorcycle Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident along New York State’s busy highways or city streets, you’re probably hurt, worried, and full of questions. The driver that hit you, if responsible for causing the accident, has a responsibility to compensate you for your medical costs, bike, and lost wages from work, and their insurance company may try to offer you a fast settlement in the days immediately following the accident. It’s important that you speak with a personal injury lawyer with experience negotiating settlements from a motorcycle accident.

How Are Motorcycle Cases Handled in NY?

After a crash, it’s important to get witness statements and, if possible, take photographs of the bike in relation to the car that hit it. These can help your personal injury lawyer negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company. Many accidents are caused by the car driver not paying attention to the motorcyclist.

In New York, motorcyclists aren’t protected under the “no-fault” law like other cars and trucks on the road. This means that a motorcycle driver may not automatically be entitled to compensation for medical care and lost wages, and would need an attorney to help pursue a claim. On the other hand, those driving a motorcycle aren’t subject to the “serious injury” threshold requirements that truck and car drivers are. This means that a motorcyclist has the right to make a claim for even minor injuries that aren’t covered under the No-Fault requirements that auto drivers have. The laws can be complex, and you shouldn’t try to pursue a claim on your own.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

Due to New York laws regarding motorcycle accidents, any settlement has to be determined through the insurance company of the other driver. Having a personal injury lawyer that us experienced in handling these cases is critical to you getting the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident in New York, it’s important to seek advice from a qualified motorcycle crash lawyer quickly. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you understand and protect your rights. William Mattar, P.C. has many years of experience successfully filing motorcycle accident claims. Give our dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys a call at (844) 444-4444 to discuss your case today.