With autumn approaching, motorcyclists will be making their final rounds before the cold New York winter hits. Many bikers would argue that fall is the best time to ride, as the leaves changing and mild weather allows for a truly beautiful day on the road. What’s more, motorcycles are a quick, stylish, and cost-effective means of transportation, so it’s no secret why so many people enjoy riding. However, motorcycles are not without risk. In fact, motorcycles come with far less protection than other motor vehicles provide. This is why motorcyclists very often take the brunt of an accident and are usually seriously injured as a result. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and are seeking financial compensation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by several different factors, especially in autumn. For example, fallen leaves can be slippery, especially after a fresh rain, and may cause bikers to skid off the road. Additionally, faulty motorcycle parts, poor road conditions, and negligent road designs can also cause an accident. However, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is driver negligence.
What is driver negligence?
Driver negligence is defined as any sort of behavior that violates the law and blatantly puts other motorists in danger. Some examples of negligent motorist behavior are as follows:
- Texting while driving
- Failing to check blind spots
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking while driving
- Eating while driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Navigating directions while driving
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
Am I eligible for financial compensation?
To recover compensation in a personal injury claim, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is sometimes easier said than done, so you must ensure your attorney is competent, experienced, and ready to fight for your rights. Your attorney may obtain security camera footage of your accident, police reports, witness statements, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New York?
A statute of limitations is essentially the window of time you have to file a personal injury claim. For example, in New York State, the statute of limitations is three years, which means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Do not wait, or you risk losing out on the compensation you need for a speedy recovery.
Contact our experienced New York firm
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.