Recovering Compensation Following a New York Motorcycle Accident

With the warm summer weather upon us, motorcyclists are all over New York鈥檚 roads. Motorcycles are one of the most fun, gas-efficient modes of transportation, so it is no secret why so many people ride. However, motorcycles are also one of the most dangerous forms of transportation, and if you were involved in a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance you are now severely injured. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the primary causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by any number of factors, some of which do not have anything to do with driver negligence. For example, inclement weather conditions, such as heavy snow or black ice very often take even the most responsible drivers by surprise. Poor road conditions or negligent road design also contribute to motorcycle accidents, often in the form of a single-vehicle accident. Sometimes, even faulty motorcycle parts can play a role in motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is driver negligence. Here are some examples of negligent driving behavior:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Speeding
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs
  • Disregarding rules and regulations of the road

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation?

If you have been injured due to another party鈥檚 negligence, there is a good chance you will qualify for compensation. However, to get the compensation you deserve, you must first satisfy the burden of proof.

How do I satisfy the burden of proof?

Fortunately, with the help of an experienced attorney, there are several things you may do to help prove your case. One of the easiest ways to prove your claim is through photographic or video evidence. You will stand a far greater chance of winning your claim if you can recover security camera or dashcam footage of your accident. Additionally, you should always seek medical attention following an accident. A medical professional will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with documentation regarding your injuries. Lastly, you should be careful about what you post on social media once you file your claim. The insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts. Since insurance companies rarely enjoy shelling out money, they may be waiting for you to post something that contradicts your claim. Once you do, they can use it against you as evidence to deny you of your compensation.

Contact our New York firm

At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.