Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Experienced Buffalo Injury Lawyers Fighting For Victims of Motorcycle Accidents in WNY
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Buffalo, New York, or another town in Erie County, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact our personal injury law office at (716) 842-2200 for a free consultation. Our team of skilled Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to get the compensation that you deserve.
Without the physical protection that a car provides, a motorcycle rider is exposed to the elements and at an increased risk of injury. The Buffalo-based personal injury law firm of Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra PLLC provides aggressive and effective legal representation for clients seriously injured in motorcycle accidents throughout Western New York. As personal injury attorneys, we offer legal counsel to victims in vehicular accidents nearly every day, and many of our clients have been involved in motorcycle accidents.
Causes of Buffalo Motorcycle Accidents
Most of the motorcycle accidents that we have seen in the Western New York area have occurred as a result of negligence. Many car drivers fail to notice motorcycles because of these vehicles’ smaller size, and drivers can easily turn at the wrong time, cutting off and colliding with adjacent motorcycles.
Common causes of motorcycle-related accidents include:
- Drivers running a red light or stop sign.
- Drivers failing to yield right-of-way to the motorcycle, particularly during lane changes.
- Drivers failing to check blind spots for motorcyclists before changing lanes.
Experienced Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Seeking Full Compensation and Recovery For Your Injuries
Injured victims of motorcycle accidents can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, costs of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and emotional distress. When an individual is killed in a motorcycle accident, her or his family members can file a wrongful death claim, seeking compensation for damages as well.
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident in Buffalo
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in or near Buffalo, make sure that you remain at the crash site. If you are too injured to move, stay where you are and wait for emergency personnel. If you are able to move without causing additional harm to yourself, you should collect evidence from the crash site. Take photos of the vehicles involved in the crash and of the surrounding area. Take pictures that show the entire crash site as well as damaged vehicles and injuries. Make sure to collect the contact information for all parties involved in the accident as well as for witnesses. Get a copy of the police report and make sure that you receive proper medical attention and treatment.
In Western New York, motorcycle accidents become most common in late spring and early summer, and these accidents frequently receive news coverage because the extent of the injuries is far more serious than that of those sustained in car accidents. Victims of motorcycle accidents are the most susceptible of all drivers to sustaining grave injuries; motorcycles lack the protective shell, seatbelts, airbags, and size of passenger vehicles, which makes it easier for other drivers to strike them by accident. An often-used defense that we hear in motorcycle accident-related cases is that the driver of the passenger vehicle simply did not see the motorcyclist. The damage to motorcycles is also worse than that to cars and trucks, as motorcycles are usually totaled in these accidents, leaving their riders with long uphill battles to recovery.
Because of the high risk of injury, New York State’s no-fault benefits are not offered to motorcyclists. What this means is that injured riders’ options for treatment are much more limited. Motorcyclists should be enrolled in a good medical insurance program, as they would otherwise face difficulty finding doctors to treat the substantial injuries that resulted from the accident. The drivers of the other cars may carry insurance that encompasses medical payment provisions, and an attorney can help injured motorcyclists to add reimbursement for medical expenses to their claims, but possessing medical insurance is the only surefire way to receive necessary, lower-cost medical treatment following an accident.
Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys serving Buffalo, Niagara Falls & the surrounding Western New York Counties.
Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and deaths to motorcyclists. It is extremely important to preserve all evidence and uncover all sources of legal and financial responsibility.
If you have suffered a serious injury from a motorcycle accident in Western New York, contact our experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys to fight for you.