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With the fall season approaching, bikers are trying to get all the enjoyment they can before autumn turns to winter. Not only are motorcycles quick, gas-efficient, and stylish, but they also provide riders with the best way possible to enjoy New York’s beautiful fall scenery. However, motorcycles have a rather obvious downside: they’re dangerous.

Bikers have very little protection compared to other motorists, so when they are hit, they can be severely injured as a result. This is why most motorcyclists will seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What causes motorcycle accidents?

Several factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents, especially with the fall season on the way. For example, wet leaves can very easily cause a biker to go skidding off the road. Additionally, faulty motorcycle parts, poor road conditions, or even a negligent road design can contribute to a motorcycle accident. However, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is, unfortunately, driver negligence.

What is driver negligence?

Driver negligence is when a motorist willfully ignores the rules and regulations of the road. Here are some examples of driver negligence:

  • Eating while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Speeding
  • Smoking while driving
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Ignoring traffic lights or signs

How can I recover compensation after a motorcycle accident?

To recover financial compensation, you must first hire an attorney who can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will obtain and present evidence such as security camera footage of your accident, witness statements, police reports, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations in New York State is three years, meaning you have three years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent party. If you prolong the process and fail to file a lawsuit in that timeframe, you will most be likely denied your right to sue. Do not wait. Reach out to a seasoned attorney today.

Contact our experienced New York firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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