Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. If you’ve been injured in one due to another party’s negligence, contact a competent Rochester motorcycle accident lawyer from Lacy Katzen LLP today. We are here to fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
Why Should I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The rules that apply to motorcycle cases are very different from those that apply to car accidents. Motorcycles do not have the benefit of no-fault insurance benefits. They also do not have the same restrictions in bringing a claim and do not need to meet the same “serious injury” threshold.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road. Many drivers do not act prudently around motorcyclists and follow or pass too closely. Some drivers find motorcycles difficult to see and pull out or turn in front of them, leaving the motorcyclist no time to react. Serious injuries to motorcyclists who are involved in even minor accidents are common.
If you are in a motorcycle accident it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Prompt investigation of the scene can be particularly important since a seriously injured motorcyclist may have no recollection of the event. A seasoned Rochester personal injury lawyer from Lacy Katzen LLP can assist you with a prompt investigation to preserve evidence that may be critical in pursuing a claim.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but they are most commonly a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence that lead to motorcycle accidents and injuries are as follows:
- Failing to check blind spots
- Aggressive driving
- Impaired or drunk driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Opening car doors into passing bikers
Who Pays My Medical Bills If I Am Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
Unfortunately, there are no personal injury protection or no-fault insurance benefits for motorcyclists. Although some motorcycle policies include medical benefits, the coverage is frequently insufficient to pay your medical bills. Often, you may be limited to the benefits available under your personal health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare to immediately pay your medical bills. Only a personal disability insurance policy or disability insurance through your employer may be available to pay for your lost wages. In the case of a motorcycle accident resulting in serious injuries, a claim against the at-fault driver may be your only source of recovery for unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Filing Your Claim On Time
In most cases, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is three years, but some circumstances may demand you file your claim in a much shorter length of time. For this reason, you should retain the services of a seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer as soon after the incident as possible.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Lacy Katzen LLP has decades of experience representing motorcycle accident victims in Rochester and its surrounding areas, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you as well. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm for a free initial consultation today.