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Motorcycles can be a popular way to travel busy New York City streets, including in and around Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Whether recreationally, or for work travel such as a delivery driver, motorcycles are both a cultural experience and a convenient mode of transportation. However, motorcycle riders are also among the most at risk for serious injuries or death in the event of a collision. Bay Ridge motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg assists victims injured in a crash, or family who have lost loved ones, pursue proper legal action against those responsible. Too often, motorcyclists are injured or killed due to another motorist’s negligent acts. Those at-fault for such harm should be held liable for the financial impact that negligence caused. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Bay Ridge and have questions about your legal rights and options, call our office today at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to find out more about how we can help.
Thousands of motorcycle accidents occur in New York City each year, many of which lead to fatalities. In recent years, unfortunately fatal accidents affected Bay Ridge residents, with sites of fatal collisions at Seventh Avenue and Poly Place, as well as on Bay Ridge Parkway. In 2021, the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported Brooklyn as the most dangerous borough for motorcyclists. If you’ve been injured in a Bay Ridge motorcycle accident, injury lawyer Michael J. Redenburg can help you determine your next legal step.
Motorcycle riders are more prone to significant, life-altering injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, or paralysis due to the lack of protection a motorcycle provides. Drivers of cars, trucks, or SUVs have the structure of their vehicles to shield them during a collision, while motorcyclists, although they might have helmets or other gear, still can be thrown from their bike upon impact. Even low-speed accidents can result in serious injuries or a fatality.
Common factors involved in causing a motorcycle accident include:
Other drivers also often fail to check for motorcyclists when changing lanes or misjudge distances, all of which can result in catastrophic collisions. Unlike in other motor vehicle accidents, motorcyclists are not subject to New York’s no-fault rule, which requires motorists to file claims with their own insurance company to pay for their medical bills following a collision. Since motorcycles are not included within the definition of “motor vehicles” under New York State Insurance Law, victims injured in motorcycle accidents can seek compensation from the party responsible by filing a personal injury claim. It is important to consult a Bay Ridge motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible in the aftermath of a collision who can help determine the parties liable for your harm.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are based on the legal theory of negligence. Negligence is present when a defendant breaches a duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff, causing their injury or death, and resulting in damages. All motorists owe each other the duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the circumstances. Therefore, a driver who excessively speeds around a motorcyclist or tries to cut them off, causing an accident, can be found negligent. Damages available for injured motorcyclists may include past and future medical expenses, including any rehabilitative treatments necessary; lost income; loss of earning capacity; as well as pain and suffering. Families who have lost loved ones in a fatal crash may be entitled to compensation for burial and funeral costs, loss of support, and outstanding medical bills related to the accident.
These cases often require extensive evidence to prove fault. Medical records, witness testimony, accident reconstruction, and police reports are vital in establishing negligence. For motorcycle accidents that occur in Bay Ridge, the 68th Precinct of the NYPD will investigate and prepare a report. Copies of these reports can be obtained at their headquarters at 333 65th Street. These reports are also available online through the NYPD Collision Report Portal, generally within seven business days following a collision.
The aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident is overwhelming for victims and their families. It is important that these victims feel secure in their legal representation as they focus on their recovery. Bay Ridge motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg’s main goal is to provide that security and obtain the best possible outcome for each case. Mr. Redenburg and his team offer comprehensive and zealous legal services for Bay Ridge clients as well as throughout New York City. Call our office today at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to speak with an attorney today.