In New York City's heavy, congested traffic, traveling by motorcycle can be one of the most efficient ways to get around. However, with so many drivers hurrying to make their next stop, many motorists don't see motorcyclists until it is too late. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, it's critical to contact an experienced lawyer immediately.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we help motorcycle accident victims receive the compensation they need and deserve. We handle motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't owe any attorney's fees unless we recover a favorable financial settlement on your behalf.
Serious Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Because motorcycles offer little protection to riders, motorcyclists often suffer severe, permanent or catastrophic injuries in accidents. Common injuries can include:
- Road rash
- Crushed or broken shoulders, arms and legs from falling or landing under the motorcycle
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Neck or back injuries
Our lawyers have been helping accident victims for more than 40 years. We understand the serious nature of motorcycle accidents. We work aggressively to help ensure that the compensation our clients receive reflects the lasting effects their injuries will have on their lives.
What Happens if There is a Defect With Your Motorcycle?
Product recalls are a daily fact of modern American life. Companies rush to get motorcycles from showroom floors to market and sometimes errors are missed. When a company or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovers a safety problem, a recall must be ordered to fix all the affected motorcycles.
Either NHTSA or the manufacturer can order a recall. Each of these entities has separate duties to the public, and this article will discuss those duties.
NHTSA works to educate the public on these defects and, specifically, the affected people. If you see that your motorcycle is on one of these lists, don't take your bike to a dealership until after you receive your recall notice. Your particular model may not be affected and the recall process will generate an individualized number or notice that you use to get repairs.
Once they discover the error, the motorcycle company must promulgate public warnings. The public notice must include the following information:
- The involved motorcycles.
- The nature of the defect.
- How the manufacturer learned of the defect.
- A basic description of how the manufacturer plans to fix the defect.
- A general schedule regarding the roll-out for the recall.
The manufacturer must also attempt to contact every owner of the affected motorcycles. They do this in one of two ways. If the recall is inherent to the motorcycle, then the manufacturer merges dealer records with state DMV registration to send out mailers. Conversely, if the defect affects only a piece of equipment for which there are no records, then the company must work through distribution lines to reach customers. Regardless if you receive a notice or not, the repair to your bike is 100 percent covered by the manufacturer.
If you were injured as a result of a product defect in your motorcycle then you may want to speak to a lawyer. Motorcycle companies are obliged to produce safe and reliable bikes. If they fail to do that, then they are liable for the harm that they cause.
Receive the Compensation You Need. Contact an Experienced Attorney
Insurance companies routinely offer low ball settlements to accident victims in an attempt to settle cases quickly. Although the offer may seem appealing, the insurance company is not interested in protecting your best interests and will not offer a fair settlement unless you are represented by an attorney.
Receive the legal protection you need and the financial compensation you deserve by scheduling a free initial consultation. Our attorneys are available online or by calling 212-514-5007.