The first thing you should do after a crash is to make sure that everyone gets quick and thorough medical attention. All vehicles and persons involved should move out of the way of traffic if possible. Paramedics should be called even if there appears to be little or no injuries, as some injuries involving motorcycle crashes can take weeks or months to appear and immediate medical attention can often mean the difference between a full recovery and permanent injuries.
The police should be involved and should make a report on the incident. In some cases a police officer may only make a report if they suspect that an injury or excessive damages have occurred. Make sure and have the police make an incident report at the very least. You and any other drivers or passengers involved in the accident should not leave the scene before the police arrive unless medical attention necessitates that you do so.
Taking photos of accidents can often dramatically help a person's case. Pictures of the damaged vehicles, area in which the accident took place, markings on the road, weather and traffic conditions and pictures of the surrounding area will all be vital to your case. You can take these pictures with a digital camera or even your cell phone. In some cases you can request police video from the scene or have police investigators release pictures of your incident to you.
While you should also contact your insurance provider to make a claim report, you should contact a NY motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm for a free consultation as well. The attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have the experience and resources necessary to mount an aggressive and thorough investigation into each particular collision. Our attorneys understand the state's complex laws regarding cyclists and can begin working for you immediately with no money down and no payment unless we win your case.
Piecing together the incident is fundamental in making a clear and direct case for you. Speeds you were driving at, conditions at the time of the accident including weather and time, the area where the accident took place, the behavior of the other drivers involved, the state of the roadway where the accident occurred and others are all vital elements of any successful motorcycle collision case. The more information that you have the better your case will be and the more damages you can seek.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious bodily injuries, such as degloving or road rash, following a motorcycle collision in New York, please contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin immediately. Our attorneys have been successfully representing injured victims since 1990, and recovering for them the monetary compensation that they deserve. You may be entitled to monetary damages for accident related injuries, as well as compensation for medical expenses, motorcycle repair, and other accident related costs. Contact us by calling (212) 986-7353 to set up a free consultation.
Michael Fitzpatrick obtained a settlement for a 58-year-old man who was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by the defendant's vehicle exiting a driveway.
Kenneth J. Halperin represented a motorcycle driver in upstate New York who was ejected from his motorcycle when he ran over a patch of small rocks in a roadway, causing him to lose control of his bike.