New York Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Learn What You Need to Do Next to Secure Your Claim

At Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, we understand the severe impact a motorcycle accident can have on your life. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and uncertain about your future. As your dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your loved ones during this trying time.

We recognize that the moments following a motorcycle accident can be chaotic and bewildering. You may be grappling with physical injuries, emotional distress, and the pressure of handling insurance companies. Our team of compassionate, experienced attorneys is here to guide you through this difficult phase, offering the support and legal expertise you need to move forward.

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Protect your rights after your motorcycle accident

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, safety is the number one priority. Move away from traffic and turn on your hazard lights to prevent further accidents. Even if you feel okay, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to document any injuries that may not be immediately apparent.


Medical records will be used to support any insurance claim or legal action you may take. Additionally, document the accident scene by taking photos of damages to your motorcycle and any injuries sustained, as well as collecting contact information from witnesses and other parties involved in the accident.

Is there a police report for your motorcycle accident?

Once you have ensured everyone’s safety, it’s important to call the police and file an accident report. The responding police officer will gather information about the accident and create a report detailing the circumstances and facts surrounding the incident. This report is crucial as it provides an official account of the accident, which can serve as valuable evidence in your case.


The accident report will typically include information such as the date, time, and location of the accident, the names and contact information of drivers and witnesses, and a description of the damages and injuries sustained. It’s important to be honest and accurate when providing information to the police officer, as this will ensure that the report is an accurate representation of the incident.

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Tips for dealing with insurance adjusters after a motorcycle accident

After a motorcycle accident, it’s important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the incident. This will allow them to begin the claims process and provide any necessary assistance. However, it’s important to proceed with caution when speaking with your insurance company.


While it’s important to provide your insurance company with the necessary information, you should avoid making any statements that could be used against you later. Insurance adjusters are trained to look for any statements or actions that could be used to minimize or deny your claim. Therefore, it’s important to be mindful of what you say and avoid admitting fault.

Let a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer help you through the legal process

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s crucial to seek the help of a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. A motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries, such as head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. These injuries can result in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, all of which can quickly add up and cause financial hardship.


Hiring a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer is crucial for navigating the legal process and ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. An experienced attorney will be able to evaluate your case, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

How do New York motorcycle accident laws affect my case?

New York is a "no-fault" insurance state, which means your insurance company should cover your medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who's at fault. However, if your injuries are severe or exceed a specific threshold, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.


In New York, motorcycle accidents are subject to a comparative negligence law. This means that if you're found partially responsible for the accident, any compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you navigate these complex laws and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

What damages can I recover after a motorcycle accident in New York?

The damages you can recover after a motorcycle accident in New York depend on the severity of your injuries and the specific circumstances of your case. Generally, you may be entitled to compensation for:


  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills, rehabilitation, and ongoing treatment
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
  • Property damage, such as repair or replacement of your motorcycle

In some cases, you may also be eligible for punitive damages if the at-fault party's actions were particularly reckless or malicious. A skilled New York motorcycle accident attorney can assess your case and help maximize your potential compensation.

How long do I have to file a claim after a motorcycle accident in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims related to motorcycle accidents is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, there may be exceptions or shorter deadlines depending on your specific case. For instance, if your claim involves a government entity, you may have a shorter timeframe to file a notice of claim.


It's crucial to consult with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing any deadlines and ensure your right to compensation is protected.

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