New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney

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In 2013, there were nearly 5,000 motorcyclists killed and another 88,000 injured in traffic collisions in the United States. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured in a crash.

In New York, there were over 5,000 motorcycle accidents involving 164 fatalities in 2013. Of those New York motorcycle accidents, 57.5% involved one or more other vehicles. Human factors accounted for 78% of the accident causes.

Alarmingly, these devastating incidents are often not the fault of the motorcyclist. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, time is of the essence. You need to contact an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney as soon as possible.

At Schartzapfel Lawyers, we've helped many clients involved in motorcycle accidents achieve favorable settlements and verdicts.
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Motorcycle crashes in New York are serious. Unlike driving in a car or truck, when you are on a motorcycle your body is fully exposed and there is little protection between you, other vehicles, and the road. Because motorcycles only have two wheels, are relatively light, and are much smaller than cars, motorcycle drivers are also uniquely susceptible to injuries from crashes.

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  • Traumatic Brain Injury – According to the CDC, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death among motorcyclists
  • Spine Injuries – Can include paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Foot Injuries – Bony structures such as metatarsal or tarsal, calcaneus and talus are the most common foot structures to be injured in motorcycle crashes
  • Ankle Injuries – Tibia and fibula malleolar fractures are the most common ankle injuries
  • Leg Injuries – Tibia and fibula fractures are the most common leg injuries.
  • Knee Injuries – Fractures of tibia plateau and intercondyloid spine, as well as patella fracture are common knee injuries.
  • Thigh Injuries – Femur fractures are the most common thigh injuries
  • Hip Injuries – Hip dislocation and femur neck fractures are the most common hip injuries
  • Pelvic Injuries – The pelvis contains multiple bones, all of which are subject to fracture or dislocation
  • Facial Injuries – Especially common when helmets are not worn

The seriousness of the crash only makes it that much more important for you to fight for justice and receive the monetary compensation you deserve for the injuries and losses you sustained due to the crash.


Motorcycle accidents have a broad range of contributing factors. The top four causes of motorcycle accidents in New York are:

  1. Driver Inattention/Distraction (19.1%)
  2. Following too closely (17.4%)
  3. Failing to yield the right of way (15.9%)
  4. Unsafe Speed (10.9%)

Almost 4% of motorcycle crashes are caused by vehicular factors such as defective brakes, tire failure, and steering failure. Surprisingly, almost 23% of motorcycle accidents involve environmental factors such as road obstructions and debris, defective pavement, and improper or inadequate lane markings.


Unfortunately, many folks have a distorted view of motorcyclists. Many people think every motorcyclist is reckless, is part of a biker gang, believes they own the road, and has an abrasive “my-way-or-the-highway” attitude. This misconception leads to unfair biases that can hurt your chances of recovering damages. However, with the help of the right attorney who can accurately portray to the jury or an insurance company how you do not fit these stereotypes and are someone who was seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can overcome the anti-motorcycle bias and recover the money you deserve.


It’s natural to have a ton of questions regarding your motorcycle accident. It’s important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. Before you do that, you may want to do some additional research. We’ve provided you with some links to additional information regarding New York motorcycle crashes. We included a list of helpful motorcycle organizations, the exact language of New York’s motorcycle safety regulations, and some fast facts to reference:

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, Schwartzapfel® Lawyers can fight to get you the best settlement.


In the event you are involved in a crash while riding a motorcycle, it is extremely likely that you will be in need of medical treatment. As soon as your immediate medical concerns have been dealt with, it is critical to contact an experienced New York motorcycle crash injury attorney as soon as possible to fully protect your rights. During these painful and emotionally charged times, you don’t need the added stress of having to put on a “lawyer hat” and start totaling up what this crash will cost you physically, emotionally, and financially. Let the experts here at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. take care of that for you. Remember, the personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. know exactly what to do to fight for your rights and get you the money and benefits you deserve.


Schwartzapfel® Lawyers can fight for you when you've been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another's negligence.

If you or a member of your family has been affected by injury or loss due to a motorcycle accident in New York, it is imperative that you contact our team of highly skilled New York motorcycle accident injury attorneys. Call Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. today at 877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!



At Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. we fight hard to get you the outcome you deserve. To better serve you, we have five office locations in the New York area. If you have any questions, please give us a call today or select any of the location options below to learn more.

New York Office

31 East 32nd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016

(347) 751-6890
New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Garden City Office

600 Old Country Road #450, Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 341-1941
Garden City Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Brooklyn New York

Brooklyn Office

16 Court Street, Suite 1800 Brooklyn, NY 11241

(718) 806-9619
Brooklyn Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Manhattan Office

535 Eighth Avenue Suite 1401
New York, NY 10018

(347) 801-0010
Manhattan Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Queens Office

71-36 110th St, Queens, NY 11375, United States

(718) 537-7070
Queens Motorcycle Accident Attorney

West Side Office

230 W 79th Street #123 N, New York, NY 10024

(516) 219-8104
West Side Motorcycle Accident Attorney


The attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. have provided aggressive – yet compassionate – legal guidance for many personal injury clients. With decades of experience, our attorneys are well prepared to handle all your legal needs. Time is of the essence for preserving valuable evidence and maximizing your chances of recovery.

Contact us today at 877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!

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He made me feel comfortable from the beginning that my life will get back together and that he will help me and my family become whole again.

- Dr. Mark Heffron
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If it wasn’t for his expedience, and you know, care, and taking care of everything, I probably would have gotten nothing out of being destroyed.

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If you have sustained an injury, you likely have many questions. Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. can explain the legal process and help you get the money and benefits you’re entitled to.

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