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 car accident, 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.

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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, catastrophic injuries.

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
  • Tailgating
  • 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 SUM insurance.

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 Poughkeepsie.

Contact Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor to schedule your FREE consultation. Just call (845) 340-HURT (4878) today.

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