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Howard Beach, Queens, is a small peninsula with coastal access and numerous neighborhoods such as Hamilton Beach, Ramblersville, Spring Park, Rockwood Park, and Lindenwood. This setting makes it a popular area for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, this means there is a chance of serious injuries when involved in a motorcycle accident. Often, it is not a motorcycle rider, but rather another driver who is at fault for causing these collisions and resulting injuries. In these situations, Howard Beach, Queens motorcycle accident lawyer Michael J. Redenburg helps victims pursue proper legal action against those responsible. Medical bills, time spent away from work, and other efforts victims need to take in their recovery all come with significant financial impact. Mr. Redenburg helps make sure victims have the compensation they need, and are entitled to, in order to cover such costs. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision, or lost a loved one in a fatal crash, contact our office today at (212) 240-9465 or online to find out more about your legal options.
Each year, thousands of motorcycle accidents happen throughout New York City. Twenty-three percent of these crashes involving motorcycles occur in Queens. Additionally, in recent years, numerous fatalities from motorcycle accidents have occurred on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, making it a particularly dangerous thoroughfare for riders. Following a motorcycle collision, victims should seek immediate medical attention to ensure that their injuries are treated properly. It is also advisable to consult a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Howard Beach as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights remain intact.
In other motor vehicle accidents, such as those between cars or trucks, drivers are required to file a claim with their own insurance company under New York law, no matter who is at fault. However, under the law, motorcycles are not considered “motor vehicles” subject to the state’s no-fault rule. Therefore, victims injured in a motorcycle crash can pursue their claims against the party responsible for causing their harm. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by one or more party’s negligence. A showing of negligent actions is necessary to prevail in either a personal injury or wrongful death claim arising out of a collision. Negligence exists when the defendant has breached a duty of reasonable care owed to the plaintiff. The breach must be a proximate cause of a victim’s injury or death, and result in damages. A seasoned Howard Beach motorcycle accident lawyer can help you prove these elements of your claim.
Examples of unreasonable, negligent behavior include: distracted driving, excessive speeding, failing to yield the right of way, failure to check blind spots, and tailgating or other aggressive driving practices. Damages victims of these accidents may recover can include past and future medical costs, lost income, loss of earning capacity, or compensation for pain and suffering. In fatal collisions, certain family members may be entitled to compensation for burial or funeral costs as well as loss of support.
Extensive evidence is usually necessary to prevail in these lawsuits. Medical records, witness statements, expert testimony, and police accident reports can all be vital to a successful claim. For motorcycle accidents in Howard Beach, victims can obtain a copy of their accident report from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 106th Precinct, which is located at 103-53 101st Street in Ozone Park. The NYPD is required to issue collision reports by the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law for accidents in which a person is injured or killed. These reports are to be filed within 10 days of an incident. Copies of these reports can be obtained in person or by mail up until 30 days after an accident from the local precinct, and from the State after 30 days.
Victims injured in a motorcycle accident need months, or even years to recover. Some of these victims are left with permanent impairments that require changes to their daily life, and even around the clock care. It is important that those responsible for causing such harm are the ones that bear the financial burden. Howard Beach motorcycle accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg offers compassionate and comprehensive legal representation to these victims and families who have lost loved ones. Often legal action is the furthest thing from your mind following a devastating accident, but it can be important to ensuring your financial future. If you have questions about your legal rights in the aftermath of a serious motorcycle crash, contact our office at 212-240-9465 to speak with an attorney today.