Rosedale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Located in Rosedale, servicing Queens and all of New York
Navigating the streets of New York as a motorcyclist can be extremely dangerous, especially considering how densely populated the city is and how much traffic there is on a daily basis. Though motorcycle accidents aren’t as common as auto accidents in the state, they still occur and are more likely to result in serious injuries for motorcyclists, who lack the physical protection that car occupants have. New York motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die in accidents than people riding in passenger cars. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by driver negligence, which can permit you to file a personal injury claim. Alex Yadgarov & Associates has years of experience helping the injured recover – allow our Rosedale motorcycle accident attorneys to help you navigate the complexities of your case and the legal system today.
Contact our team online or by phone at (718) 276-2800 for a free consultation regarding your case. Spanish-speaking services available. Proudly serving Rosedale, Laurelton, Rochdale & surrounding areas.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
There are countless factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident, some of which typically also contribute to all auto accidents. However, our team has worked on countless cases to know that there are a few common causes of motorcycle accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Common causes include:
- Speeding: A leading cause of all accidents, speeding reduces driver response time and decreases the likelihood of a driver seeing and responding to road obstacles or motorcyclists in time to avoid a collision. Additionally, the higher the speed, the more forceful the impact and the more serious the injuries.
- Unsafe lane changes: Drivers run the risk of colliding with a motorcyclist when they fail to signal or check their blind spots to ensure it’s safe to merge or change lanes. Motorcyclists are often obscured in driver blind spots, which is why many cars collide with them or cut them off while merging.
- Car doors: Drivers who pull over to the side of the road are expected to make sure it’s safe before they open their doors and exit their vehicles. Unfortunately, sometimes this isn’t the case, and drivers will open their doors into the path of oncoming motorcyclists, resulting in serious injuries.
- Driving under the influence: Drunk driving is dangerous for drivers and everyone on the road around them, including motorcyclists. Impaired driving reduces driver response times, blurs their vision, and can cause them to be distracted and fail to see road hazards or other vehicles changing lanes around them. Drivers who cause accidents while under the influence can face both civil and criminal liability.
- Motorcycle defects: Manufacturers of motorcycle parts can be held responsible for damages if a faulty or broken part contributed to the accident and caused injuries as a result.
- Reckless driving: Many accidents are caused by reckless driving, which can include negligent actions like running red lights, failing to check blind spots, and tailgating motorcyclists, which can result in riders being rear-ended on their motorcycles.
Motorcycle Laws in New York
New York has outlined laws for motorcyclists to follow in an effort to protect them from injuries, though it’s important to know that even the most law-abiding and safe motorcyclists can’t control other drivers and prevent their negligent actions.
Some common New York motorcycle laws include:
- Required protective gear: All motorcyclists and passengers must follow the motorcycle helmet law in New York. Helmets must be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, eye protection is required to conform to the American National Standard Institute safety standards.
- Lawful riding procedures: Motorcyclists must use headlights in the daytime in New York, and when sharing lanes with other motorcyclists the limit is only two motorcycles per lane. Lane splitting, which occurs when motorcycles pass cars between lanes during slowed traffic, is illegal in New York.
- Insurance requirements: There are motorcycle insurance requirements in New York. According to state law, all motorcyclists must carry insurance to help you cover the costs of injury and property damage suffered by those in an accident that you case. New York’s no-fault law doesn’t protect motorcyclists, meaning that riders aren’t entitled to no-fault benefits. Insurance policies must include minimum limits like $25,000 for bodily injury per person and $10,000 for property damage.
When you call our firm, our attorneys can assess your accident and determine who can be held liable for damages. Often vehicle drivers are responsible for negligence, though there are unique cases in which motorcycle manufacturers can be found responsible for defective parts. You can rely on us to give you the personalized care you deserve during a trying time.
Get started on your claim by calling our motorcycle accident attorneys in Rosedale at (718) 276-2800. Our team is committed to helping our clients heal after a devastating accident. We offer representation throughout Queens (including Rochdale, Laurelton & other surrounding areas.)