Recovery for Bikers Injured in NYC
To many bikers, motorcycles are much more than a convenient form of transportation. Motorcycles offer the feeling of freedom and excitement that has given birth to a way of life and that is immortalized in songs, poetry, books and movies. What is often forgotten is the potential for severe accidents. The very features that make motorcycles special also make them dangerous. Motorcycles lack the stability, enclosed cabin, seat belts and airbags that have measurably improved car safety.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. represents motorcyclists involved in motorcycle crashes in the five boroughs of New York City and all surrounding areas of the city. We practice only personal injury and wrongful death law, so we can devote our 30 plus years’ of experience, knowledge, expertise and substantial resources to recovering all the money you are entitled to. We can help you recover money for accidents caused by a motorist’s negligence, poor road conditions or a product defect. We make a difficult situation easier.
Often motorists refuse to share the road with motorcyclists. For example, a driver might change lanes without giving a second thought that a motorcyclist could be in the vehicle’s blind spot or carelessly drive too close for safety. These actions put bikers at serious accident risks.
Our firm investigates the driver’s actions leading up to your accident to determine whether she or he was:
- Tailgating you
- Cutting you off
- Failing to yield
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Texting or using a cell phone
- Driving drunk
Poor Roadway Conditions
New York City, New York State and federal transportation departments are responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining the roads that are under their control. Their duties include making improvements and repairing damages caused by NY weather events and regular wear and tear. Motorcycles cannot absorb poor road conditions as well as cars, and so this issue is especially important to bikers.
Filing a claim against a government agency involves different procedures than suing a private entity. Our New York City motorcycle crash attorneys regularly handle claims against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), New York DOT, NYC, State, other municipalities and other municipal transportation departments and any other potential entity responsible for causing or contributing to your accident and injuries. We are able to build a strong municipal liability case in claims involving such dangerous and defective road conditions such as:
- Cracked or uneven pavement
- Protruding metal plates
- Unsecured or missing manhole cover
- Poor lighting
- Broken traffic signal
- Missing or obscured stop sign
- Road debris
- Trees and posts too close to the highway
- Uneven highway and shoulder pavement
- Improperly designed roads and highways
- Improperly constructed roads and highways
- Gravel on pavement
- Rough, bumpy roads, usually under repair
- Edge breaks on highways (two adjacent lanes of different heights)
- Expansion joints and bridge joints (these connect sections of roads or bridges to roads, allowing for expanding and contracting of road layers)
- Slick surfaces and standing water, which can result in hydroplaning
- Debris, such as branches, pieces of broken tires, litter, and rocks
- Snow and ice
Motorcycle Products Liability
You rely on a well-functioning machine. A defectively manufactured or designed motorcycle part could put you at risk. The manufacturer is responsible for recalling bikes if it discovers defects. Unfortunately, recalls typically occur in response to multiple accidents. By this time, many bikers have been unnecessarily injured or killed.
Our attorneys follow the news on motorcycle accidents to determine whether a pattern exists. We remain up-to-date on recalls and research that indicates problems with the design or production of certain makes and models. Our extensive investigation helps us construct a solid case against manufacturers for defects to brakes, engines, fuel tanks, tires and handlebars that create accident risks. It also allows our firm to pass such information to our clients via emails newsletters and bulletins.
Recover for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
To recover for your motorcycle accident injuries, call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806. We maintain five New York City offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains. Your consultation is free and we handle your claim on contingency fee basis. You pay us nothing unless we recover money for you.