Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn, NY?
In just a few seconds, motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries and deaths, instantly changing lives forever.
People that survive motorcycle accidents are often forced to deal with chronic pain, months of missed work, anxiety and depression, and severe financial hardship.
If you are dealing with the multi-faceted aftermath of a Brooklyn motorcycle accident, you are not alone.
If another party was responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering.
Following a collision, it is very important to contact an experienced and knowledgeable Brooklyn motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., to schedule a time to discuss your legal rights and options.
Your first consultation with our experienced legal team is free – so call now.
How Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Brooklyn
After a motorcycle crash, the financial support you receive in a personal injury claim can pay your medical bills, replace your lost wages, and acknowledge your significant pain and suffering or disability.
Although no amount of money can undo the pain, or bring back a loved one lost, a personal injury or wrongful death claim can serve a dual purpose of holding a negligent party accountable and also paving the way for an easier future.
You don’t have to pursue compensation on your own.
Hiring a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer not only sets you up to maximize your recovery, it also gives you the time to focus on getting back on your feet.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our attorneys have 40+ years of collective experience fighting for crash victims across New York City’s five boroughs, and we’re ready to fight for you, too.
When you hire our law firm to represent your interests, you can expect:
- An independent investigation to determine the cause of an accident and all contributing parties
- Aggressive pursuit of compensation from all liable parties
- Careful calculation of your damages (both economic and non-economic) with the aid of experts and specialists, when appropriate
- Compassionate, compelling legal advice from attorneys who genuinely care about you and your motorcycle accident case
- Us to defending you from attempts to blame you for your injuries and reduce the value of a claim
- Tough negotiations with insurance companies and at-fault parties, designed to secure a full and fair financial award for you
- Passionate and effective representation at trial, if that’s what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we handle claims on a contingency fee basis, which means we are only paid if and when we recover money for your claim.
This arrangement allows our clients to focus on healing and recovery while we advocate for their rights and getting the best possible financial recovery.
The last thing you need to be dealing with is defense lawyers and insurance companies giving you the runaround.
We prepare every case for trial and will take any case to court if a fair settlement is not offered.
Call our law office to get started with a free consultation today.
Where Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Brooklyn?
Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, on roads, highways, at intersections, and even in parking lots.
Even the most cautious riders cannot avoid some collisions.
Some of the most frequent streets for collisions in Brooklyn include:
- 5th Ave.
- 7th Ave.
- Adams Street
- Bay Parkway
- Bedford Ave. (The longest street in Brooklyn – stretching 10.2 miles and 132 blocks)
- Coney Island Ave.
- Flatbush Ave.
- Grand Army Plaza
- Linden Blvd.
- Nostrand Ave.
- Ocean Ave.
- Stillwell Ave
- Utica Ave.
Brooklyn has a number of complex intersections, including Atlantic and Fourth Avenues (near the Barclays Center), Church Avenue and Old Utrecht Road (near the Green-Wood Cemetery), and the meeting of Nassau Avenue and Bedford Avenue (where Williamsburg and Greenpoint meet).
Close to half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
According to the NYC department of transportation, there are 4,371 traffic signal intersections in Brooklyn.
That is more traffic signal intersections than any of the other boroughs (2,820 in Manhattan, 3,119 in Queens, 1,605 in the Bronx, and 545 in Staten Island).
How Many Motorcycle Accidents Are There Each Month in Brooklyn?
The City of New York provides monthly reports for traffic accidents. In Brooklyn in November 2020, there were 55 motorcycles involved in collisions.
Common Types of Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Injuries
We know from agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that operating a motorcycle is much riskier than driving a car.
In 2017, on a per miles traveled basis, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 27 times the number of deaths in passenger cars.
Serious motorcycle accidents often cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
Other types of injuries we often see resulting from Brooklyn motorcycle accidents include:
- Road rash injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Internal injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Blunt force trauma injuries
- Permanent nerve damage
Head injury continues to be the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Wearing a helmet in a crash reduces the risk of death by 37-42%. Motorcyclists are vulnerable to secondary injury, as they are often thrown from their bikes in a collision, and may end up injured by oncoming traffic.
This can be catastrophic and deadly.
Types of Motorcycles and Motorcycle Accidents in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is the second largest and most populous borough in New York City, home to nearly 2.6 million residents.
Around Brooklyn, you will see all types of motorcycles, including:
- Sport bikes
- Cruiser motorcycles
- Standard motorcycles
- Dual-sport motorcycles
Motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles which can make them more difficult to see, and cause drivers to misjudge their distance or speed.
Some of the types of motorcycle accidents we see in Brooklyn include:
- Left-turn accidents
- Lane-change accidents
- Debris-in-road accidents
- Road condition defects (potholes or cracks in pavement)
- Sudden stop accidents (usually rear-end accidents)
- Speeding accidents
- Law enforcement chases / pursuits (NYPD policy “requires that a vehicle pursuit be terminated whenever the risks to uniformed members of the service and the public outweigh the danger to the community if a suspect is not immediately apprehended.”)
Anytime the driver of a car is distracted, impaired by alcohol or drugs (prescription or non-prescription), fatigued, or operating at high speeds, the risk of being involved in a collision is increased.
Weather conditions and operator inexperience also contribute to accidents.
Seeking Compensation From All Liable Parties After a Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident
Anytime a car and motorcycle collide, the motorcycle rider is most vulnerable to serious injury or death.
Although they are often blamed for crashes, most motorcyclists are extremely cautious and place a high priority on safety.
Anyone who causes or contributes to a crash may be held liable for the consequences.
It may not be obvious who was at fault, and in some cases, the initial law enforcement conclusion may not be accurate.
The National Safety Council and other organizations have repeatedly said that police reports often do not capture the real reasons drivers cause crashes.
Anyone who contributed to a motorcycle accident may be held responsible in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Potentially liable parties for a Brooklyn motorcycle accident may include:
- Drivers of passenger cars, trucks, vans, buses, or other vehicles
- Uber/Lyft rideshare drivers
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Manufacturers of of motorcycle parts or equipment
- Transit companies
- Scooter rideshare companies
- Government agencies / municipalities.
Because injuries are often so severe, insurance companies and legal counsels will be quick to deny, delay, and defend claims, and pin blame on victims.
They know that potentially millions of dollars are at stake, and will do everything that can to deny motorcycle accident claims or pay out as little as possible.
It is not uncommon for a lowball amount to be offered before the severity of your injuries has been fully established.
Do not let anyone compensate you for less than you are entitled without first speaking to an experienced and reputable Brooklyn personal injury attorney.
Get a Free Consultation with a Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Time is of the essence following a Brooklyn motorcycle accident. Like all states, you have a limited window of time, called a statute of limitations to file a claim.
However, it is always advisable to speak to a lawyer promptly so that important evidence and witness recollections can be preserved.
An experienced and knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help you protect your rights and hold responsible parties accountable, as well as avoid common mistakes that can reduce the value of your claim.
We are here to help you. Call us today to arrange your free and confidential phone or video consultation with one of our lawyers.
In your case evaluation, an attorney will review your accident, answer your questions, and provide an honest, experienced-based opinion of the potential value of your motorcycle accident injury case.