Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Riding a motorcycle through the streets of Brooklyn is a fun and exciting way to get around New York City. As enjoyable as it may be, operating a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in accidents than passengers in other motor vehicles. This is a staggering statistic, given that motorcycles only make up 3% of registered vehicles.

If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn, the attorneys at The Barnes Firm are here to help. Our skilled lawyers have decades worth of experience helping accident victims secure the compensation needed to cover accident-related expenses and hold responsible parties accountable.

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About The Barnes Firm’s Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyers In NYC

The Barnes Firm’s top motorcycle accident lawyers in Brooklyn have decades of combined experience helping injured victims in the Tri-State area. Their dedication to their clients’ cases has resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries. What’s your case worth? Find out now by calling our Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyers now at (800) 800-0000.

The Barnes Firm’s Brooklyn injury lawyers serve clients throughout all of the NYC boroughs and Brooklyn neighborhoods, including, but not limited to: Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Bedford, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Bronx, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Bushwick, Cadman Plaza, Canarsie, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Cypress Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Dyker Heights, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Fort Hamilton, Fulton Ferry, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Highland Park, Kensington, Long Island, Madison, Manhattan, Midwood, Mill Basin, Nassau County, Navy Yard, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park, Prospect Park South, Queens, Red Hook, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay, South Brooklyn, Staten Island, Stuyvesant, Suffolk County, Sunset Park, Vinegar Hill, Waterfront, and Williamsburg.

How Can a Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help Me?

At The Barnes Firm, our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys dedicate themselves to obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients. After a motorcycle crash, you probably will not have time to research legal theories or battle with insurance companies. However, to receive a fair settlement, that is what you have to do. Unfortunately, insurance representatives count on you not hiring an attorney and not being familiar with New York personal injury laws, which allows them to pay you as little as possible.

When you partner with The Barnes Firm, you can expect us to:

  • Launch an investigation into the accident and what led up to it
  • Determine the possible causes, fault, and liability
  • Protect you against counterclaims from the other party
  • Negotiate with insurers
  • Handle all day-to-day aspects of your case
  • Prepare and take your claim to court, if necessary

Our goal is to help you in any way possible after an injury that occurred through no fault of your own. We know recovering from a motorcycle accident is difficult, so we will handle all aspects of your motorcycle accident case while you focus on recovering from any injuries.

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What Causes Motorcycle Crashes in Brooklyn?

A motorcycle accident can happen for several reasons, and riders need to know the most common causes of collisions to stay safe on roads.

  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers risk colliding with another vehicle when they fail to check blind spots or signal when changing lanes. Motorcyclists are more prone to blind spot collisions since they are smaller than a car or truck. Bikers should avoid riding in blind spots as best as they can.
  • Excessive speeding: A leading cause of all auto accidents is speeding. It decreases a driver’s ability to control their vehicle and increases the amount of time it takes to stop. If you notice a driver excessively speeding, try moving to a safer location.
  • Following too close: While a good rule of thumb is to leave a car’s length of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you, many drivers underestimate how much room is needed. If they get too close, they can rear-end the motorcyclist. When you notice someone tailgating you, safely merge lanes or pull over, allowing them to pass.
  • Inexperienced drivers: New drivers are more likely to make unsafe moves on the road, such as cutting across lanes or not following right-of-way rules. This creates a hazardous condition for all drivers. Remember, the most dangerous thing on the road is other drivers, so always act with extreme caution.

Motorcyclists may also be responsible for an accident when they drive between two traffic lanes, known as lane splitting. This type of driving is not only extremely reckless but illegal in New York.

Common Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Collisions

Unlike car and truck passengers, motorcyclists lack any protective structure on their vehicles and easily fall off the motorcycle in the event of an accident. Vehicles offer safety features, such as airbags and seatbelts, and windshields provide protection from debris, all of which motorcycles do not have.

Some common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Tissue damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Lost limbs
  • Eye injury

After an accident, always seek medical attention. You might physically feel fine or show no injuries, but a doctor can diagnose any internal damages. Additionally, insurers may interpret not going to a doctor as you exaggerating your injuries, which might reduce your compensation.

doctor looking at a chest x-ray
doctor looking at a chest x-ray

Common Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Collisions

Unlike car and truck passengers, motorcyclists lack any protective structure on their vehicles and easily fall off the motorcycle in the event of an accident. Vehicles offer safety features, such as airbags and seatbelts, and windshields provide protection from debris, all of which motorcycles do not have.

Some common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Tissue damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Lost limbs
  • Eye injury

After an accident, always seek medical attention. You might physically feel fine or show no injuries, but a doctor can diagnose any internal damages. Additionally, insurers may interpret not going to a doctor as you exaggerating your injuries, which might reduce your compensation.

How to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle in Brooklyn

There are several things all motorcycle riders should do to keep themselves safe on the streets of Brooklyn. For starters, always wear protective gear. Long pants and sleeves made of leather will be the best. While it may be hot, it will protect your skin if you fall off the bike. Eyewear is also vital so road debris does not cause eye injury or blindness. Wearing bright colors can also help other drivers see you better.

Wearing a helmet will also help protect your head in case of an accident. Helmets help absorb the impact of hitting the pavement or another vehicle and protect your brain. Additionally, New York requires all motorcycle riders, regardless of their age or experience, to wear a helmet at all times.

Never go faster than the speed limit. Lawmakers put them in place to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. Going faster than the limit can put you at a higher risk of a crash. Remember, speed limits are for optimal driving conditions. If it is raining or snowing, reduce your speed. Motorcyclists must also be more aware of road hazards, such as potholes. Hitting even a small one can cause you to lose control of your bike.

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What Compensation Can I Receive For My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

After you sustain injuries from a motorcycle crash, obtaining financial compensation may be at the top of your mind. Medical bills and property damage costs can quickly add up. After carefully reviewing your case, your attorney might be able to secure funds for the following accident-related expenses:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Future loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term care
  • In-home rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Wrongful death

In some rare cases, a judge may even award you punitive damages. Courts award these when the defendant’s behavior was extraordinarily negligent or if they purposely caused an accident. Punitive damages also look to deter similar behavior in the future.

Speak to an Experienced Brooklyn Attorney Today about Your Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accident victims often suffer severe and debilitating injuries. When the negligence of someone else causes these injuries, you have the legal right to seek compensation. Doing so will be hard to do on your own, so it will be in your best interest to contact a Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyer. At The Barnes Firm, we provide aggressive legal representation every step of the way. Call or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.

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