Accomplished New York Trial Lawyers Litigate Motorcycle Accidents
Determined representation for injured bikers and their passengers
Given the cost of commuting in the greater New York area, riding a motorcycle makes good sense. However, bikes come with a risk of serious injury even in minor traffic accidents. If you’ve been badly hurt in a motorcycle accident, The Tacopina Injury Firm can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our reputable attorneys draw on more than 80 years of combined experience to evaluate your case and implement proven strategies to deliver positive results.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in New York
Motorcycle accidents occur for the same reasons as other motor vehicle accidents:
- Aggressive driving
- Inattentive and distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to yield right of way
- Following too closely
- Weather conditions
But these common causes have specific wrinkles related to motorcycles. For example:
- Motorcycles are less visible than passenger cars. Inattentive car drivers are more likely to miss motorcycles as they approach.
- Motorcycles require less distance to stop, so cars that tailgate motorcycles are more likely to rear-end a bike when it brakes suddenly.
- Motorcycles do not take up an entire lane, so aggressive car drivers are more likely to invade the bike’s space.
- Motorcycles are less stable than four-wheeled vehicles, so wet road conditions are much more treacherous.
Our firm consults with qualified accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of your accident. We then work aggressively to hold at-fault parties accountable.
Not wearing an approved helmet could affect your motorcycle injury claim
If you ride a motorcycle without a helmet, you put your health at greater risk, but you can also adversely affect the outcome of your accident case. New York law requires that all motorcycle riders and passengers wear a helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation standards or those of either of the two nonprofit safety organizations, Snell and ANSI. If you fail to wear a helmet or wear a substandard helmet, the defendant in your accident case can claim you share fault for your injuries.
Under New York’s comparative negligence law, the court could reduce the amount you are able to recover if wearing a helmet would have lessened the severity of your injuries. However, comparative negligence would only apply to injuries affecting your head. Comparative negligence law would not affect your recovery for a broken arm or ribs.
If there’s any possibility a defendant might use New York’s comparative negligence law against you, you have even more reason to retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Contact our skilled NYC attorneys for help with your motorcycle accident case
A motorcycle accident can leave you with catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. Trust The Tacopina Injury Firm to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call us today at 347-246-5102 or contact our Manhattan office online.