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Motorcycles are a popular way to travel, especially in high traffic areas such as Fort Greene Brooklyn. With the ability to quickly weave in and out of lanes, motorcycles are the ideal way to get to work faster, make deliveries, or just enjoy time off. However, even though motorcycles have every right to use the road as other vehicles, they are often disregarded by other motorists, leading to significant injuries. When another driver negligently injures a motorcycle rider, they should be held legally accountable. Fort Greene motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg helps victims in this process. Mr. Redenburg and his team are dedicated to making sure victims of motorcycle crashes, or families who have lost loved ones, seek justice against those liable for their losses. If you or a loved one have been involved in a Fort Greene motorcycle collision and need legal guidance about your next step, call our office at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online today to find out more about your legal options.
Over 25,000 individuals reside in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn. More people commute there for work or recreation as it is a dining destination as well as directly bordering the popular Barclay Center. Many of these individuals rely on motorcycles as their primary mode of travel. Motorcyclists are prevalent on busy streets like Atlantic Avenue and Ashland Place. Unfortunately, Brooklyn has been named as the most dangerous borough for motorcyclists by the New York Police Department (NYPD). If you’ve been involved in a Fort Greene motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights.
Although New York law requires helmets for all motorcycle riders, this does not prevent all serious injuries from occurring upon impact. Common injuries motorcycle accident victims face include:
Too often these collisions, and injuries, are due to another driver’s negligent actions. These drivers can be held legally accountable in personal injury or wrongful death claims. Negligence is present when a party has breached their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person on the road, causing another’s injury or death, and resulting in damages. When it comes to motorcyclists, other drivers will fail to take proper precaution by changing lanes without looking for oncoming riders. They also often tailgate or ride too closely to motorcyclists on the road. Speeding and distracted driving practices can also indicate negligence in an accident. Because proving the elements of negligence can sometimes be tricky, having a Fort Greene motorcycle accident lawyer on your side helps increase your chances of legal success significantly.
Documentation to back up your claim is vital to proving negligence. Evidence like medical records, witness statements, accident reports and reconstructions of what happened all aid in showing fault. Police collision reports are issued by the precinct that conducts the on-scene investigation of an accident. In Fort Greene, the NYPD’s 88th Precinct will prepare their findings of motorcycle accidents that occur in the area. Copies of these reports can be obtained from their headquarters located at 298 Classon Avenue, and are generally available within seven business days of an accident.
Once liability is shown, victims can be awarded compensation for past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering damages. In wrongful death suits, certain relatives may be compensated for any outstanding medical bills the victim incurred related to their death, as well as burial and funeral expenses and loss of consortium.
When you’ve been involved in a serious motorcycle collision, your primary focus should be on your recovery, or in cases of fatal accidents, grieving the loss of your loved one. Alternatively, Fort Greene motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg’s primary focus is on obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients legally. We offer compassionate and comprehensive legal representation throughout the duration of your case – from initial investigation to settlement negotiations to litigation where necessary. Mr. Redenburg helps motorcycle victims in Fort Greene as well as throughout Brooklyn and NYC. If you have questions about your legal rights in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, call our office at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to speak with an attorney today.