Kingston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Protecting Injured Bikers in the Hudson Valley
Owning a motorcycle is a dream for many New Yorkers because of the freedom
and entertainment that they provide. Unfortunately, for all of the enjoyment
a motorcycle can bring to someone, it can also put him or her in a high-risk
category for being hurt or killed in an accident.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were about 35 times more likely
than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and
eight times more likely to be injured.
If you are a Hudson Valley motorcyclist who has suffered serious injuries in a
truck accident or another motor vehicle crash, you need a relentless motorcycle accident
attorney on your side. The Kingston motorcycle accident attorneys at Mainetti,
Mainetti & O'Connor have aggressively represented many motorcycle
riders throughout the state of New York, from casual enthusiasts to more
seasoned riders in touring groups. We can put our over 100 years of experience
and knowledge to work for you.
Start with a
FREE consultation to discuss your injuries.
Millions of Dollars in Recoveries for Our Clients
We have secured
multi-million dollar settlements for many motorcyclists who were critically injured. We are known for our
results, and we are proud of our ability to help them through one of the
toughest times of their lives.
A few of our more successful verdicts and settlements include:
- A $1.5 million settlement for a Kingston woman who sustained serious leg
injuries after a vehicle struck her motorcycle on Route 9W in Ulster
- A $3.5 million settlement for two plaintiffs in Sullivan County who were
struck by a motor vehicle, thrown from their motorcycle and suffered horrendous
leg, pelvis, and spine injuries
- A $1.4 million settlement for a teacher who was struck by a car while riding
her motor scooter. Her injuries were so awful that she was originally
believed to be dead at the scene.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, there are no real barriers between
you, other vehicles, and the hard pavement. Because of that lack of protection,
the motorcycle accident victims our personal injury law firm represents
are typically suffering from serious,
Some of the more common injuries we encounter include:
Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries: Although New York State law requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets,
not everyone does - and even if they do, helmets don't always prevent
serious head and brain injuries. Injuries to the head and brain can cause
lifelong problems and disabilities.
Road Rash: The name itself almost implies a less critical injury, but road rash
can cause big problems if it is severe enough. When exposed skin scrapes
across the pavement, the result can be deep lacerations and layers of
skin being completely ripped off. If it is not treated properly, a motorcyclist
could end up with an awful infection or permanent scars.
Broken Bones: Broken bones are extremely common in motorcycle injuries because you have
nothing to protect you from the impact of hitting the ground or another
vehicle. The sheer force behind an accident is enough to fracture or shatter
bones severely. Motorcyclists frequently find themselves with broken legs
because if they tip over and don't have time to get off their bike,
it ends up crushing their legs.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Injuries to the spine can leave a person permanently paralyzed or disabled. Even if someone
is lucky enough not to be paralyzed, he may still face serious, debilitating
pain for the rest of the lives.
Do you have a question about motorcycle accidents? Visit our
motorcycle accident FAQ.
Our New York motorcycle crash lawyers work with a network of medical experts
and other professionals as we build your
personal injury case. We know that they can identify the extent of your injury and recommend
what kind of treatment and services you need to recover to the fullest
extent possible. When you work with us, our attorneys will also put a
value on the earnings you have lost by not working (and may lose in the
future), and the pain and suffering to you and your family.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A major part of preventing motorcycle accidents is understanding what usually
causes them. At the same time, knowing what led to your motorcycle accident
can be a significant advantage in your claim. If you cannot be certain
as to what happened just prior to your collision, allow our Kingston motorcycle
accident attorneys to further review the evidence of your case. By utilizing
outside-the-box techniques and a keen eye for finite details, we may be
able to pinpoint the other motorist’s moment of negligence that
ultimately caused the accident.
Dangerous driving behaviors that cause motorcycle accidents:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Opening doors without checking mirrors
- Speeding through intersections
- Abrupt lane changes
- Wide or reckless left-hand turns
Will Your Insurance Cover You?
Here at Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, our Kingston motorcycle
accident lawyers are quite adamant about ensuring that motorcycle riders
are well-protected and well-insured in the event of an accident. Some
of our close friends in our community ride motorcycles, and we extend
the same care and concern we have for them to our clients. To this end,
we always encourage our friends, family, and clients who ride motorcycles
to purchase supplemental underinsured motorist coverage, or
New York’s no-fault insurance laws will grant you coverage from your
own insurance company in an accident but possibly only $25,000 per claim.
If the driver that strikes you is
uninsured or underinsured, it could be next to impossible for you to get any additional monies required
for your recovery. SUM insurance takes care of this by allowing you to
seek more recoveries from your own insurance company, based on how much
SUM insurance you purchased. At around $75 a year, SUM insurance can save
you from financial nightmares should an accident ever happen, and we highly
advise that you get it.
Serving Clients in Orange County and Dutchess County, NY
As one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the Hudson Valley,
Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, is different from other local firms
because of our drive to win. Six of our attorneys have earned inclusion
into the prestigious list of
Super Lawyers® - and no other firm in Ulster County can claim this accomplishment. We know
that hard work and dedication are the keys to making sure you walk away
from your motorcycle accident case with a fair settlement. We welcome
case all across Orange County and Dutchess County, NY, including from
Newburgh, Ellenville, New York City, and