Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles are a popular way to navigate the streets of Brooklyn when traveling through Williamsburg, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Bushwick, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge and Carroll Gardens . Unfortunately, Brooklyn motorcyclists are exposed to significant dangers because they share the road with other vehicles and even large tractor-trailers. Unlike many other vehicles, motorcyclists in Brooklyn have very few safety features to protect them from serious injuries in the unfortunate instance that they are involved in an accident. Boots, gloves and leather jackets can be helpful but Brooklyn bikers are still prone to serious injuries in the case of a crash.
Brooklyn Motorcycle accidents may happen in numerous different ways. Often times they are the unforeseeable result of difficult circumstances. Other times, motorcycle accidents that happen in Brooklyn are preventable, and they can often times be the result of negligence by the adverse driver. A biker injured in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn can look to the at-fault party to recover for injuries sustained, pain and suffering. Motorcycles are not covered by No-Fault insurance in New York.
Different Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Brooklyn
Brooklyn motorcycle accidents may be attributable to someone else's negligence. For example, if the operator of another vehicle is drunk behind the wheel they may not see the motorcyclist and strike them. Differently, many Brooklyn streets are littered with potholes which can cause a Brooklyn motorcyclist to be thrown off their bike.
Why are so Many Brooklyn Motorcycle Accidents so Serious?
- A Brooklyn Motorcyclist is exposed to direct impact as between themselves and another vehicle, the pavement and even both;
- Motorcycles have only two wheels and are not surrounded by metal doors and bumpers like an automobile is;
- Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than other motor vehicles and even a light impact can cause serious injury;
- Because Brooklyn is so populous and fast-paced, looking out for motorcyclists is often not top-of-mind for many operators of other vehicles in the borough.
Brooklyn Motorcyclists Are Subject to Different Laws
A Brooklyn motorcyclist is not a covered person under New York State's no-fault laws and is therefore not entitled to medical and lost wage benefits as would be the operator of an automobile. However, a Brooklyn motorcyclist injured on a motorcycle can bring a claim against the adverse driver even for minor injuries that would otherwise not pass the No-Fault threshold. New York Motorcycle Insurance minimums are $25,000 per person injured in any one accident and $50,000 because of the death of one person in one accident and $50,000 for two or more persons injured in any one accident and $100,000 for the deaths of two or more persons in one accident. UM/SUM Coverage is also available to owners of motorcycles. An injured motorcyclist's insurance policy will reveal the amount of UM/SUM coverage they have purchased and is available to them.
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Our offices are located in Lower Manhattan, NY. Although our office is located in Lower Manhattan, we service the entire New York City Metropolitan Area including Brooklyn.