Bronx Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating injuries that require lifelong medical care and prevent you from returning to gainful employment. When someone else’s carelessness is the cause, you should not have to carry the financial burden. Insurance companies often take advantage of injured motorcycle riders and refuse to pay your damages in full.  

Our highly experienced Bronx motorcycle accident lawyers level the playing field by taking on the insurance company and navigating the legalities for you. Call us today at (718) 933-3632 to schedule a free motorcycle accident case review. 

Why Should You Choose Our Bronx Motorcycle Accident Attorneys?

Our talented motorcycle accident attorneys in the Bronx have over 70 years of combined experience providing fearless advocacy for injured motorcycle accident victims. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including numerous motorcycle accident recoveries in the millions. Some highlights include the following:   

  • $2.15 million for the family of a motorcyclist who died in an accident 
  • $1.25 million for a motorcyclist who suffered severe leg injuries after colliding with a driver who pulled out in front of him 

We take personal injury cases…very personally. Our approach is simple: We listen to you, guide you, and take care of what needs to be done now. As our client, you will never feel like a number because we will treat you like family. We are a small law firm with deep roots in the Bronx. However, we have the resources, stamina, and experience to secure the life-changing results of a large firm.  

We Know How It Feels To Be Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

Senior partner David B. Lever was himself seriously injured in a motorcycle accident years ago. He experienced the physical pain, difficult recovery process, and financial uncertainty common to motorcycle accident victims. His insight has helped us anticipate the needs of each of our motorcycle accident clients. We take on a limited number of cases so we can devote the time and attention you need to feel supported and get the results you deserve. 

What Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in the Bronx Can Do for You

When you have our talented attorneys on your side, we will take care of all of the details and aggressively advocate for you while you devote your energy to recovering from your injuries. We pride ourselves on putting your needs first.  

  • We will meet with you at the location of your choice, such as your home, our offices, or the hospital.  
  • We are available all hours of the day, every day of the week. 
  • We will go out of our way to ensure you are never in the dark about your case. If you ever have to call us for an update, we consider it a failure on our part.  
  • If you ever need to call us, you can count on us to be there for you. 
  • If you do not know where to go for medical care, we will help you find it. 

Recovering maximum compensation after a motorcycle accident requires a series of steps, but you will only have to focus on your medical treatment because we will handle the rest. 

Case Investigation

We collaborate with leading accident reconstruction, forensic, and mechanical experts to identify all the causes of your accident. We study the road conditions, driver behaviors, toxicology records, the mechanical components of your motorcycle and the vehicle that hit you, and any other factors that may have contributed to the accident. The investigation allows us to identify the responsible parties and, where applicable, clear you of blame. It also helps us determine whether you may qualify for punitive damages. 

Our investigation will include a review of your medical records and frequent contact with your doctor. We will use this information to determine how much your accident will cost you so we can calculate an accurate value for your claim. 

Insurance Claim and Lawsuit

As soon as we accept your case, we will tell the liable parties’ insurance companies that we are your attorneys, and they should contact us rather than you about your claim. Once we know your case value, our Bronx motorcycle accident attorneys will send a demand letter to each company specifying the damages we calculated. If the insurance company refuses to pay the full amount, we will proceed with – or continue pursuing – your lawsuit. Settlement negotiations may commence at this time. Filing a lawsuit will not change that. 

Although a lawsuit is a process that leads to trial, and is necessary in some cases, we are able to resolve most of our clients’ cases highly favorably without the need to go to trial. If your case does go to trial, we will be ready. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial. 

We Will File Your Claim on Time

The New York personal injury statutes of limitations imposes deadlines for filing a lawsuit. You generally have three years to file your lawsuit for a motorcycle accident, but there are exceptions. For example, if the City of New York or other governmental agency is liable for your accident, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days, and you only have a year and 90 days to file the lawsuit. If you are the surviving family member or estate representative of someone who has died in a motorcycle accident, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  

If you miss the deadline, you will be forever barred from pursuing compensation for your injuries, or the injuries or death suffered by a loved one. When you have our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys in the Bronx on your side, you will not have to figure out these deadlines on your own. You can count on us to file your lawsuit on time. 

No Upfront Fees

Working with our skilled Bronx personal injury lawyers has no upfront cost. We work on a contingency fee arrangement, meaning we receive attorney fees only if we recover compensation for you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. 

Types of Compensation Available to Bronx Motorcycle Accident Victims

When you have our highly skilled motorcycle accident lawyers working for you, we will handle your claim and demand full payment for all your losses. When someone else’s carelessness is to blame for your accident, you may be entitled to substantial damages for your financial and emotional losses, such as: 

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Property damage 
  • Past and future lost wages 
  • Past and future medical expenses 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 
  • Loss of bodily functions 

In limited cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, which can significantly increase your compensation. Punitive damages are awarded when the defendant’s conduct leading to the accident was intentional, outrageous, or grossly negligent. We will determine whether your claim qualifies for punitive damages and pursue every avenue of compensation on your behalf.  

Damages for the Death of a Loved One

If a motorcycle accident claimed the life of your family member, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members can recover compensation for a loved one’s conscious pain and suffering between the accident and death and the financial losses they have sustained, which may include the following: 

  • Funeral expenses 
  • Burial costs 
  • Your loved one’s medical expenses 
  • Your loved one’s likely lifetime income and financial contributions had they survived 

How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in the Bronx?

Approximately 224 motorcycles were involved in accidents in New York City in February of 2024, including 46 in the Bronx. Only Brooklyn and Queens had more. Although Manhattan has a larger population, the number of motorcycle accidents there was markedly lower at 26. 

Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in the Bronx. Distracted drivers can cause all types of accidents, including rear-end collisions, sideswipes, and head-on collisions.  Regardless of the type of accident, even a low-impact collision can be fatal for a motorcyclist. Riders also face danger from other rampant driver misbehavior in the Bronx, such as: 

  • Speeding 
  • Tailgating 
  • Failing to yield 
  • Aggressive driving 
  • Driving with road rage 
  • Drunk driving  

Where Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in NYC?

Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections rather than on highways. The City of New York conducted a Motorcycle Safety Study in 2015 and found no particular hotspots for motorcycle accidents because they can happen anywhere.  

Among all the boroughs, Brooklyn and the Bronx had the highest fatal accident rates. The analysis also found that non-Hispanic black New Yorkers suffered a disproportionately high percentage of motorcycle accident fatalities, accounting for 37 percent, although they only represented 25 percent of the New York City population and accounted for just 22 percent of motor vehicle fatalities. 

Bronx Road Conditions Endanger Riders

Bronx roads are narrow, congested, and riddled with potholes. These conditions create numerous dangers. By way of example: 

  • Narrow streets leave little room for bikers to maneuver out of the way when cars merge into or pull out in front of them. 
  • Wide, poorly designed intersections confuse riders and drivers, resulting in collisions during turns. 
  • Drivers are less likely to spot motorcycle riders in congested traffic because of how the brain prioritizes information. Cars are almost twice as likely to turn left into the path of a motorcycle versus another car. 
  • A pothole can cause riders to lose control of their motorcycles. 

The Bronx Department of Transportation claims it has repaired 11,000 potholes as of March 25, 2024, but new ones form daily, and many have never been repaired. You can report a pothole by calling 311. The department claims it performs repairs within two days of receiving complaints. 

The city may be liable if a road condition causes or contributes to an accident. During our accident investigation, we will determine if the city is liable and tirelessly pursue damages on your behalf.  

New York’s Efforts to Improve Motorcycle Safety

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles uses a portion of the state’s mandatory motorcycle registration fees to subsidize the Basic Rider course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The course consists of book training and on-the-road skills instruction. One primary focus of the course is to teach defensive maneuvers that can prevent an accident in some cases when bad drivers suddenly veer into their path. 

You can receive training through 20 different training schools and 40 training ranges throughout the state. In the Bronx, the training is available at Lehman College for $398. Riders who complete the course and have a valid driver’s license and a motorcycle learner’s permit can obtain their motorcycle licenses without taking the road test. 

New York’s Distracted Driving Law

Texting and driving in New York is illegal, and repeat offenders can pay fines of up to $450 plus up to $93 in surcharges. A violation also adds five points to the culprit’s license.  

New York’s Universal Helmet Law

New York’s universal helmet law requires all riders to wear a DOT-approved helmet while operating a motorcycle. New York was the first state in the nation to pass such a law, which became effective January 1, 1967. The CDC reports that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and the risk of death by 37 percent for riders and 41 percent for passengers.  

If you were not wearing a helmet during your motorcycle accident, the insurance company could claim that your failure to wear a helmet caused or worsened your injuries. This defense can be difficult to overcome. However, you should always consult an attorney before accepting blame for your injuries. You may still be entitled to compensation under New York’s laws regarding comparative negligence. 

Schedule Your Free Bronx Motorcycle Accident Case Review Today

You can count on our top-notch Bronx motorcycle accident lawyers to level the playing field against insurance companies, government entities, and other responsible parties that refuse to play fair.  

Contact us online or at (718) 933-3632 to schedule your free consultation.