While riding a motorcycle can be an incredibly freeing and enjoyable experience,
it can also be one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Due
to a rider’s exposed nature and size disadvantage compared to normal
passenger vehicles, motorcycle collisions can leave riders with devastating
injuries. Unfortunately, a sobering reminder of these dangers came over
the past few weeks in the form of two horrific motorcycle collisions occurring
in upstate New York and Brooklyn, respectively.
On June 22nd, 2016, 34-year-old West Haven Police Officer Michael Doyle suffered serious
injuries when a vehicle
merged into a group of motorcycle officers from multiple agencies participating in a training exercise on the Taconic
State Parkway. Doyle, an experienced rider and 8-year veteran of the West
Haven Police Department, was unable to evade the merging vehicle, causing
him to be launched onto the pavement and struck a second time by another
following motorcycle officer. Doyle was airlifted to Westchester Medical
Center following the accident and is reported to be improving in condition.
Less than two weeks later in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 3rd, an unidentified 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed when his
motorcycle collided with a livery cab on Buffalo Ave. near E. New York Ave. in Brooklyn. Witnesses say the deceased
rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The cause of
the accident is still unknown and is under investigation.
Compensation for Injured Motorcyclists
While a motorcycle collision can result from a nearly endless variety of
circumstances, they are oftentimes the result of another driver’s
negligence, such as driving while distracted, failing to check blind spots,
driving while intoxicated, or driving at unsafe speeds. Since motorcycles
are not considered “motor vehicles” under New York’s
no-fault law, riders are not entitled to receive medical and lost wage
benefits under their own insurance. Instead, riders may file a claim against
the at-fault driver in pursuit of a wide range of compensatory damages.
Damages for motorcycle accident claims in New York may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning potential
- Reduced quality of life
Pursuing compensation after a
motorcycle accident can be a difficult experience on your own, especially while focusing on
your recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle
collision, it is important you retain the services of a knowledgeable
attorney who can ensure your rights are protected.
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., our New York motorcycle
accident lawyers have fought to protect the rights of countless injured
motorcyclists and can provide the aggressive representation you need to
maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
To find out more about what our nearly 85 years of experience can do for
you, we invite you to
schedule a free case review or call our office today at (845) 340-4878.