Hauppauge Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving Hauppauge, NY
Riding motorcycles can be very dangerous, and every time that you take to the roads in and around Hauppauge you run the risk of getting into a collision that could fundamentally change your life. If this does happen to you, then it is absolutely essential that you get in touch with an established and experienced Hauppauge motorcycle accident lawyer – otherwise, you will potentially be shut out from the compensation that you are entitled to receive.
Why Do You Need A Hauppauge Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Modern gear and helmets are incredibly resilient and built to protect the rider as much as possible, but in the event of a crash, it is usually not be enough to prevent serious and even life-altering injuries. Long-term disabilities, broken bones, and internal damage are not uncommon in these types of collisions, and you will likely need to take a lot of time away from work and spend thousands on medical support.
Of course – that is one of the main reasons that people have insurance: to make sure that victims are not left financially impacted by an accident. Unfortunately, the insurance companies that cover drivers involved in a crash have a habit of delaying, denying., or diminishing the claims that individuals involved in collisions make. This comes at a particularly hard time, as you are injured, trying to recuperate, missing work, and likely racking up colossal bills.
That is why you need the support of an experienced Hauppauge motorcycle accident lawyer, like the ones at Palermo Law. We will help you to get the compensation that you need and deserve, as quickly as we can. We do not believe that insurance companies should be allowed to take advantage of you – and we will do everything we can to stop them.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Hauppauge area, then the best thing you can do to protect yourself is get in touch with a lawyer as soon as you are able to.
Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?
Motorcycles can be more dangerous than other vehicles due to their relative size and weight, the speeds that they can reach, and the fact that the rider is not enclosed and protected beyond what they are wearing.
Some of the particular and unique dangers that affect motorcycles include:
- Inexperienced vehicle operators pose a serious risk to motorcyclists
- Potholes, gravel, leaves, and loose debris on the road can cause a tire to blow out or temporarily lose traction and result in a crash
- Other drivers often fail to see the motorcycle and execute a turn that results in an impact
- Car and truck drivers may change lanes or open their doors into you
- The weather may make driving treacherous – wind, rain, snow, and ice all have a much more significant impact on visibility and vehicle behavior for the rider
- A burst tire can throw the bike immediately out of control, and at high speeds, this can be fatal
Why Palermo Law For Your Hauppauge Motorcycle Accident?
Palermo Law has been handling personal injury cases, including motorcycle crashes, for more than twenty years. In fact – injury claims are the only types of cases that our injury lawyers take. That focus means that we have built up the skills and experience to take on the multi-million dollar insurance companies, and win.
The team at Palermo will handle every aspect of your claim: from collecting the relevant evidence from the scene (witness statements, police reports, and camera footage, for example), to making contact with the relevant parties. From there, we will negotiate for the compensation that we believe you deserve, and if we feel that you are not being treated fairly, we will move forward with litigation.
The best part for you? We do everything on a no-win, no-fee basis. So, if for some reason our Hauppauge motorcycle accident lawyers are unsuccessful in securing you compensation for your collision, you do not have to pay us a single cent.
Time is a Factor
After a collision, particularly if the circumstances surrounding it were clearly not your fault, it can be very tempting to assume that you do not need a lawyer. After all – the claim is clear cut, and your compensation will soon follow, right? Often, by the time you realize that you are being messed around with and that your compensation is not going to be what you feel it should be, the legal teams employed by the insurance companies have a head start on you.
This is one of the reasons you should get in touch with your own legal support as soon as you can – our Hauppauge motorcycle accident attorneys can help to protect your right much more effectively if we start early. For example, a common trick that insurance companies try to use is to speak with you about the collision under the pretense that they are just trying to get your version of the facts so they can get your compensation package finalized. During those conversations, they will ask questions that lead you down a path of incriminating yourself, or that make it sound like your injuries are not as bad as they are – comments that can and will then be taken forward to minimize or deny your claim.
Never, ever, speak to anyone representing the other parties involved in the accident, no matter how innocent the conversation may seem. Your Palermo Law accident lawyer will take care of any relevant communications on your behalf so that your case remains as strong as possible.
In New York State, we have what is known as the ‘comparative fault’ law. This law means that the parties involved in an vehicular collision can share culpability, and the amount of compensation ultimately awarded is reduced by the amount of blame that you are assigned.
So, for example in a claim where the jury would award you $1 million in compensation, but you are found to be 25% to blame for what happened, your final payment would be reduced by $250,000 giving you a total of $750,000.
This means that even if you were largely to blame for the accident, if the other party is found to be even 5% or 10% at fault you could still be awarded a significant sum. Speak to a Palermo Law Hauppauge motorcycle accident attorney today to discuss the specifics of your case and find out if there is compensation that you can pursue.
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We begin every relationship with a free, no-obligation case evaluation. This is a chance for us to understand the details of your specific case, and begin to formulate a strategy. This, coupled with our no-win, no-fee guarantee, means that you can fight for your compensation with the support of an established and experienced legal team, without having to spend a dollar.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Suffolk County
It doesn’t matter how safe a rider you are, you are always at the risk from the cars around you – which often tend to cause collisions. Some of the common causes include the following:
- A car doesn’t yield the right of way to the motorcyclist.
- A car makes an unexpected left turn.
- A car sideswipes a motorcyclist.
- A car doesn’t see a motorcyclist in its blind spot and changes lanes unknowingly.
Of course, those are just a few ways that crashes can happen, but as you can see – they are vast in scope. The unfortunate statistic here is that a staggering 98% of motorcycle accidents result in injury because riders simply don’t have the safety mechanisms that cars do. There are no airbags, seat belts, or crumple zones to protect a rider.
Some of the common injuries that we see from motorcycle crashes include the following:
- Road rash.
- Torn ligaments.
- Sprains and strains.
- Head injuries.
Contact a Palermo Law Hauppauge Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Many motorcycle collision lawyers assume that the case will be settled out of court, and therefore they do not bother spending the time to build the case up to present before a jury. We do things a little differently: Our Hauppauge motorcycle accident lawyers prepare every single case that we take on as if it was going to trial. Yes, we would rather settle out of court as it saves you time and stress, but if we feel that you are not being given a fair settlement figure then we are fully prepared to take things to the next level. Reach out to us today.