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If you live in New York, there is a good chance a motorcycle is your primary form of transportation. Many people enjoy riding motorcycles for their sleek looks, gas efficiency, and the fact that they are simply downright fun to ride. However, given all you have to protect yourself is a helmet and the clothes you are wearing, you open yourself up to a far greater risk of injury in the event of an accident. Therefore, it is important you know what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you are injured at the hands of another negligent party. 

What are the main causes of motorcycle accidents in New York?

There are many variables that cause motorcycle accidents that have nothing to do with another motorist’s negligence, such as poor road design, inclement weather conditions, such as heavy rain or black ice, or even faulty motorcycle parts. While you may be able to recover compensation for any number of injuries sustained, the primary cause of motorcycle accidents is other motorist’s negligence. If you were injured due to another motorist doing any of the following, there is a good chance you will be entitled to compensation:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • Driving while smoking or eating
  • Disciplining children while driving, causing the motorist to take his or her eyes off the road
  • Using an electronic device while driving, texting or otherwise
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Navigating maps or directions while driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, and other rules of the road

Can I do anything to improve the chances of winning my claim?

Aside from hiring an experienced attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve, there are a few things you can do to help boost your chances as well. Wearing GoPros or other types of hands-free dashcams will record the accident as it happens, leaving you with real, tangible proof. Additionally, it would be wise to seek medical attention immediately after the accident occurred. Not only will you most likely need to receive medical treatment, but you may also use the documentation regarding your medical condition to help prove your claim. Lastly, while you are filing your claim, it is extremely important that you keep your social media posting to a minimum. Insurance companies will do whatever they can to deny you of your compensation, and this includes monitoring your social media accounts. If you post a picture or video that may contradict your claim, there is a good chance the insurance company will use this against you.

Contact our New York City firm

If you have been seriously injured as a result of another party’s negligence, contact Swerling Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.


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