Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving NJ & NYC
Although motorcycles only make up 3% of all registered vehicles in the US, their riders account for a staggering 14% of all traffic-related deaths and 3% of all traffic-related injuries.
If you or a loved one have experienced injuries or damages as the result of a motorcycle accident, it is important to have a trusted and experienced attorney at your side who understands your situation and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What to Do if You Were in a Motorcycle Accident
Types of motorcycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Head-on collisions
- Side-swipe crashes
- Left-turn crashes
If you have been in a motorcycle crash, try to document and preserve any evidence associated with the event (as long as you are physically able to do so), such as the position of, and damage to, your bike and any other vehicles, but your first priority should be receiving care from a medical professional.
Not only will they diagnose and treat your injuries (if any), they will also provide medical documentation regarding the accident, which can prove useful if a claim is pursued, especially when combined with any other evidence you’ve gathered.
Can I Make a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Both New York and New Jersey have variations of “no-fault” insurance systems. What this means is that there is an emphasis on using personal medical insurance, and the only way to file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver is if the accident resulted in what is considered a “serious injury.”
Unfortunately, neither of these systems offer coverage for motorcyclists.
In other words, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need alternative methods to cover medical expenses, such as specific health insurance, but even then, not all plans provide coverage for motorcycles, and even those that do do not always offer adequate or fair coverage.
Because of this, the best chance you have at recovering damages from the crash is by making a motorcycle accident claim and proving that the other driver was at fault, which may allow you to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Larkin Farrell, LLC
The window for asserting a claim is relatively short, with the statute of limitations for personal injury cases (including motorcycle accidents) typically lasting only two years in New Jersey, and three in New York. If your claim is against a public entity (such as the state), the timeline is even more strict, as both NJ and NY require that you provide Tort Claims within 90 days of the incident.
Whether due to an inherent bias against motorcyclists or the exclusionary “no-fault” system, motorcycle accident claims are notoriously difficult to win. Any hope of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages hinges on hiring a lawyer who is experienced with such cases.
If you or a loved one have been in a motorcycle accident, contact Larkin Farrell, LLC, today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys, and get the settlement you deserve. All consultations are free of charge. We proudly serve clients in New Jersey and the NYC Metropolitan area.