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Motorcycles are a common method of transportation as well as a popular recreational activity in Far Rockaway, Queens. However, motorcyclists are at risk for greater harm and life-altering injuries when involved in a serious collision. These accidents are also often due to another motorists’ negligent actions. Far Rockaway Queens motorcycle accident lawyer Michael J. Redenburg helps victims injured by negligence take the appropriate legal steps to hold those accountable liable. Motorcycle accident victims, or families who have lost loved ones in a fatal collision, often need financial assistance with medical bills and other loss of support. Mr. Redenburg assists these victims in recovering the compensation they are entitled to from the responsible party or parties. If you have questions about your legal options in the aftermath of a motorcycle crash, call our office at (212) 240-9465 or contact us online to speak with an attorney today.
With a population of 54,058, Far Rockaway, Queens residents may utilize motorcycles to avoid traffic congestion, and travel along beachside roads. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcyclists are involved in collisions across New York City yearly, with many of these accidents occurring in Queens. The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that in 2021, of the 1,934 motorcycle crashes citywide, 452 of them occurred in Queens, making it the second-most dangerous borough for motorcyclists behind Brooklyn. With 23 percent of all motorcycle collisions happening in Queens, it is important to know your legal rights by consulting a Far Rockaway injury lawyer.
In most motor vehicle accidents, New York motorists have to file a claim with their own insurance company following a collision, regardless of fault. However, this no-fault rule does not apply to motorcyclists, as motorcycles do not fall under the definition of “motor vehicles” pursuant to New York State Insurance Law Section 5102(f). This means that motorcycle accident victims can recover compensation from the party who is liable for causing their injuries, which is most often due to another driver’s negligence.
Personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits based on negligence require proving certain elements. Negligence exists where a defendant breaches their duty of care to the plaintiff by acting unreasonably. That breach causes the plaintiff’s injuries or death. The plaintiff suffers damages as a result of the defendant’s actions. In motorcycle crashes, a driver can be negligent by driving under the influence of alcohol; failing to check their blind spots for motorcyclists; passing a motorcycle too closely and texting while driving. A knowledgeable Far Rockaway motorcycle accident attorney can help establish negligence in your claim.
Important evidence in these cases can include witness statements, medical documentation, as well as police reports from the scene. Motorcycle collisions in Far Rockaway, Queens are handled by NYPD’s 101 st precinct. Their headquarters is located at 16-12 Mott Avenue, and copies of police reports can be obtained there. Reports can also be requested through the NYPD Collision Report Portal online. Generally, reports will be available in 4 to 7 business days. Once negligence is established, victims of motorcycle crashes may be awarded compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle collision may recover damages for burial and funeral costs as well as loss of support. In New York, personal injury lawsuits must be brought within three years of the date of a victim’s injury and wrongful death claims have a statute of limitations of two years.
Serious injuries such as brain and head trauma, paralysis, and even death are common in a motorcycle collision. These types of injuries require significant recovery time and come with exponential costs. Far Rockaway motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg is dedicated to making sure crash victims, and their families, have the legal recourse to recover these costs from those liable for their harm. If you need legal assistance in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, contact our office today at 212-240-9465 to find out more about your legal options.