New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The busy streets of New York City see nearly 4.4 million vehicles every day. Motorcycles account for only 2% of registered vehicles in New York City, but 14% of traffic fatalities, nearly twice the fatality rate in New York State.

With over 100 years of combined experience, our trusted motorcycle accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents in New York City get the best result possible for their motorcycle accident claim. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.


Thousands of people injured in accidents have trusted The Barnes Firm to help them get the best result possible


Experience matters. The Barnes Firm’s trusted motorcycle accident lawyers know the techniques that will deliver results.


The Barnes Firm’s experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are trial-tested, and will do whatever it takes to win your case.

Do I Need a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

The period after a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming and stressful for the victim and their loved ones. The road to recovery can be long depending on severity of injuries, and insurance companies will often lowball victims to pay out fast. Our team of trusted motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are committed to helping motorcycle accident victims get proper compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial losses. We will evaluate your motorcycle accident and the circumstances surrounding it and work hard to help you get the best result possible for your case.

What Causes New York City Motorcycle Accidents?

In NYC, motorcycle accidents involving more than one vehicle are typically caused by another driver, not the motorcyclist. Motorcyclists are more likely to be severely injured in an accident due to:

  • Less protection – riders are exposed to the direct impact of the pavement
  • Less stability – motorcycles are less stable than four-wheel vehicles
  • Outdoor elements – riders and passengers on motorcycles are directly exposed to road hazards and weather conditions

At The Barnes Firm, our experienced NYC motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully handled motorcycle accident cases in New York City that involved one or more of the following:

Distracted Driving. Distracted driving puts drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and anyone else on the road in danger. Because motorcycles have smaller profiles than other vehicles, distracted drivers are more likely to cause a motorcycle accident when they are not paying full attention to the road and their surroundings.

U-turn & Left Turns. Drivers of vehicles making U-turns and left turns often fail to properly estimate the distance of an oncoming motorcyclist, resulting in a collision.

Unsafe Lane Changes.  Failure to properly change lanes accounts for over 3,000 motor vehicle fatalities each year. Motorcyclists are more at risk for being hit by a driver failing to properly change lanes as they have a smaller profile. If a driver fails to check their blind spot, there is a higher risk they will miss seeing an oncoming motorcycle.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI). In New York State, more than 30% of fatal crashes are alcohol related. Motorcyclists have a higher chance of being hit by a swerving drunk driver or someone under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs because of their smaller profile on the road.

Tailgating. Driving too close to the rear of a motorcycle is a major cause of New York City motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured in rear-end accidents due to a lack of protective structure. What may be considered a small “tap” can cause severe injuries to a motorcyclist.

Aggressive Driving. Traffic in New York City can be heavy, especially in the warmer months when construction is rampant across the city and the outer boroughs. Having to sit in traffic can lead to aggressive driving and road rage. Road rage can lead to motorists ignoring the rules of the road, and motorcyclists, leading to motorcycle accidents.

Drivers should be cautious and slow down to avoid putting others at risk to avoid accidents. At The Barnes Firm, our experienced NYC motorcycle accident lawyers are equipped to handle any motorcycle accident case, regardless of cause.


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Injuries Sustained from A NYC Motorcycle Crash

Most motorcycle crashes in New York City occur on local roads, not highways. Since motorcyclist’s have less protection from other vehicles, they are more likely to make direct contact with another vehicle or the ground in the event of a crash, and are more likely to sustain severe or fatal injuries. Motorcycle accident injuries are often long-lasting and life changing. At The Barnes Firm, our New York City motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully handled cases involving the following accident injuries:

In New York State, all motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear a helmet. Even with proper protective gear, motorcycle accident victims can be left with severe injuries that require lifelong treatment. After a motorcycle accident, your focus should be on getting medical treatment and recovering from the injuries you sustained. At The Barnes Firm, our experienced New York City motorcycle accident lawyers will work hard for you from the initial phone call through to the final settlement. You can be assured that we will:

  • Answer all questions and keep you informed throughout your motorcycle claims process
  • Gather evidence of your accident and injuries
  • Perform all day-to-day responsibilities
  • Prepare and take your case to trial, if necessary

Insurance claims adjusters will sometimes use tactics to reduce or deny your claim. The team of New York City motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm will work to navigate your claim and help you get the best result possible after a motorcycle accident.

I was Injured in a New York City Motorcycle Accident, What Should I do Next?

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be confusing and overwhelming. The first thing you should do is get to safety. Remove yourself from the roadway and away from traffic. Once you are safe, call 911. You will want to keep your protective equipment, such as your helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads, on until paramedics arrive. Your body will have a lot of adrenaline going through its system after a motorcycle crash which can prevent you from feeling pain, initially.

While you wait for the ambulance and police to arrive, photograph the accident scene if it is safe to do so and if you are able. Pictures will help prove the extent of damages and your injuries. Make sure to speak with the other driver and any witnesses, as well. Witnesses may have seen the accident happen and can provide details about who was liable. Before leaving the scene, make sure to request a copy of the police report, as they are extremely important in motorcycle accident claims.

After taking these steps, call an experienced attorney at The Barnes Firm. Our New York City motorcycle accident attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have after a motorcycle accident. We can also assist you in filing a motorcycle accident claim.

How Long After a New York City Motorcycle Accident Can I Submit a Claim?

In New York City, you must file your personal injury claim within three years of your motorcycle accident or injury discovery. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, our trusted team of NYC motorcycle attorneys will review your case for FREE.

What Compensation Can I Receive for my Injuries After a NYC Motorcycle Accident?

The compensation you might receive following a motorcycle accident depends on many factors. After thoroughly reviewing your case, our team of New York City motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to secure financial compensation for the following losses:

  • Lost wages
  • Future loss of income
  • Medical bills
  • In-home care
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages
  • Permanent disfigurement & scarring

Never accept an offer from an insurance company without first speaking to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Barnes Firm. Our team of NYC motorcycle accident attorneys can help you identify and calculate your damages after a motorcycle accident caused by another person to help you get the best result possible.

Our Skilled New York City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help

If you, or a loved one, were injured in a motorcycle accident in New York City, contact our team of motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm today for a FREE case evaluation. Our team of motorcycle accident attorneys are available 24/7 to go over your legal options, develop a plan, and help you get the best result possible.

Call (800) 800-0000 today – it could be the best call you make.

The Barnes Firm proudly serves clients throughout the New York City area including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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