What to do Following a Motorcycle Accident in New York
Motorcycles are a fun means of transportation, which is why so many people in New York State ride them. However, motorcycle riding is not all sunny days and cool breezes. Sometimes, you may find yourself injured due to the negligence of another party. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, then you must meet with an attorney as soon as possible to recover the compensation of which you may be entitled.
What are some of the most common reasons motorcycle accidents occur?
Since motorcyclists are more vulnerable than virtually anyone else on the road, their risk of injury is far greater than that of an 18-wheeler. Here are some of the main causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Another motorist’s failure to yield
- Rear-end collisions
- Inclement weather conditions, such as heavy downpours or fog
- Potholes, uneven pavement or other poor road conditions
How do you qualify for compensation?
The most important aspect to winning your claim is whether or not you can prove the other party’s negligence. In these cases, you must be able to satisfy the burden of proof, which means there has to be substantial evidence that the other party’s negligence led to your pain and suffering.
How do you prove the other party’s negligence?
In order to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accident was not your fault, your claim must be up to certain standards. Below is a list of negligent behavior that may win your case, if it is proven that the other party is guilty of such behavior:
- Reckless driving
- Failure to observe traffic signs and lights
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speed
- Using any electronic device that does not use hands-free technology
It may also help your case substantially if you are able to take a photograph or video of the accident. Because you need to satisfy the burden of proof, a photograph or video is usually your best defense. Additionally, the insurance company may be monitoring you social media accounts after you file your claim, so it is best to limit your posting during this period of time, as you do not want to post anything that may contradict your claim. If the insurance company sees this, they will most likely use it against you.
Contact an experienced New York lawyer today
The injuries you sustain in a motorcycle accident may be severe, and you are entitled to attorneys who will fight to win the compensation you deserve. If you win your case, you may recover economic and/or economic compensation. Your compensation may cover medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and other injury-related expenses, so it is important you take action immediately and get the help that you need.
Hausman & Pendzick effectively represents victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.