Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Can I get compensation for my motorcycle accident injuries?
Injured motorcyclists in New York State may be able to collect compensation for their damages and injuries, including pain and suffering, and reimbursement for lost wages and medical bills. If you’ve been injured on a motorcycle, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible—certain paperwork associated with injury claims must meet strict deadlines.
What is the New York State helmet law?
Current law in New York State requires that all riders, including operators and passengers, wear helmets. Wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing helmets, 37 could have been saved if all 100 riders had been wearing helmets.
What are the most common motorcycle accidents?
One common cause of motorcycle accidents is a lack of motorcycle visibility to other vehicle traffic. Poor roadway conditions due to weather or pavement defects and lane splitting (when riders rides between two lanes of traffic) also are factors in many accidents.The NHTSA reports that 47 percent of motorcycles involved in fatal crashes were involved in collisions with other moving motor vehicles, and 27 percent of fatal crashes involved riders striking fixed objects.Our experience tells us that the actual causes of an injury accident can be complicated and cased by multiple factors. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, speak with our motorcycle accident injury lawyers today by calling (844) 444-4444 or filling out our free initial consultation form.
How can I prevent motorcycle accidents?
The law in New York requires riders to use headlights when on motorcycles, regardless of the time of day, to increase motorcycle visibility to other vehicles on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that motorcyclists:
- avoid tailgating other vehicles,
- maintain a safe speed when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel,
- avoid riding after drinking,
- and improve defensive riding skills.
To learn about other ways to practice safe riding habits, The New York State Motorcycle Safety Program offers classes for beginners and advanced riders throughout the state.
What do I need to legally ride a motorcycle in New York?
Before riding a motorcycle in New York State, you must apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit at a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office. After practicing with a learner’s permit, you must either schedule a motorcycle road test or waive a road test by completing a New York State Motorcycle Safety Program.Just like other motor vehicles, motorcycles must be registered and titled in New York. In addition, riders are required to carry motorcycle liability insurance with the following minimum coverage:
- $25,000 in bodily injury coverage
- $50,000 in total bodily injury coverage for accidents where multiple people are injured
- $50,000 in death coverage
- $100,000 in death coverage for accidents with multiple fatalities
- $10,000 in property damage coverage
State minimum coverage may not be enough to cover all of your damages or fully protect you after a motorcycle crash. At William Mattar Law Offices, we understand how motorcycle insurance works, and we’re here to answer your questions in the event of a motorcycle accident injury.
How much does it cost to hire a motorcycle accident injury lawyer?
At William Mattar, we believe concerns about the cost of hiring an injury lawyer shouldn’t stop you from getting high quality legal help. That’s why we offer our No Fee Guarantee®, a promise that you won’t owe us attorney’s fees unless we win or settle your case. Your initial case consultation is free, and you won’t pay us anything up front. Contact us to get the help you deserve today—just dial (844) 444-4444 or complete our free initial consultation form.Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New York state, including the Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Utica, and Binghamton areas, and we’re here to help 24/7.
What if the person who caused my motorcycle accident injury has no insurance?
You may be able to file a claim under any uninsured motorist (UM) insurance coverage on your motorcycle insurance policy. There may be other claims you can make under other insurance policies. Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers can investigate your accident and review your insurance coverage to help determine your rights to pursue a UM claim, or other claims.