Moving around Manhattan, a city known for its heavy traffic, is a challenge. Many people who live in the area, travel to the city for work, or visitors to Manhattan choose to ride a motorcycle, moped, or an electric bike. Unfortunately, the congested traffic, frustrated drivers, and narrow city streets have led to staggering numbers of motorcycle accidents, many of which occur at intersections. While an ebike/motorcycle crash can occur on any of the Manhattan area streets and thoroughfares, as reported by Curbed New York, several intersections are the location of many serious or deadly collisions:
- Canal and Mott Street
- East 96th Street and Third Avenue
- Lafayette Street and Canal Street
- East 30th Street and Third Avenue
- East 62nd Street and First Avenue
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or died in an ebike or motorcycle accident in Manhattan, contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353 for a free case consultation. These cases demand the immediate assistance of an experienced litigator with a reputation for achieving high value settlements and verdicts.
Ebike and motorcycle riders are always at risk of serious injuries in a collision, as even with a helmet and protective riding gear, the rider is virtually unprotected in an impact. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee reports that fatal motorcycle accidents were recently up 50 percent, with staggering numbers of riders dying or seriously injured. The causes of these tragic collisions include:
- Aggressive driving conduct
- Distracted driving (texting, cell phone use)
- Alcohol or drug intoxication
- Unsafe lane changes
- Left turns into motorcyclist at intersections
- Violations of posted traffic laws
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
While ebike riders and motorcyclists may violate traffic laws, a high percentage of serious or fatal accidents are caused by car, bus, truck, and/or van drivers who operate a vehicle in a negligent manner. After a crash, it is necessary to gather evidence to determine who is at fault. The types of evidence needed to file an injury claim or lawsuit can include eyewitness testimony, video, police reports, and an evaluation of the vehicles involved and the accident site itself. In many cases, it can be fully proven that another driver acted in a negligent manner, causing the collision, leaving a rider severely or fatally injured. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our Manhattan personal injury attorneys represent injured ebike riders/motorcyclists, or file wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have lost a loved one in one of these tragic, and avoidable collisions.
Ebike and motorcycle riders are at a high risk of serious injuries or death, even in collisions at slower speeds. The types of injuries sustained can be life-altering, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe internal injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Crush injuries
- Organ damage
- Severe abrasions
Several types of compensation can be pursued in a motorcycle accident injury case, including:
- Economic damages: The actual financial losses experienced by the rider, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and all other financial losses.
- Non-economic damages: The personal losses experienced by the injured person, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, disabilities, reduced quality of life, and others.
Every case is unique in what can be pursued in compensation, whether in an insurance claim or lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver. It is imperative that these cases are fully evaluated by an experienced Manhattan auto accident lawyer who has experience, knowledge, and a track record of positive case outcomes. It is rare that any insurance company, when working with a victim or family, will make a fair offer.
It is vital to ensure you are treated fairly, and are able to recover compensation that takes into account the full scope of the impact on the life, health, and future of the injured, and that’s where the legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP is a valuable resource for injured riders, and families who have lost a loved one.
Contact the Manhattan motorcycle collision lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP for a free consultation at (212) 986-7353.