Motorcyclists have the right to use the roads just as much as any other motorists. However, not all drivers respect that right, often failing to check for motorcycles when making turns, approaching intersections, or engaging in other maneuvers. When a motorcycle is involved in a collision, it is more likely that a rider will suffer significant, life-altering injuries like brain trauma or paralysis, given the lack of physical protection that their vehicles offer. Drivers who act negligently and cause these collisions should be liable for the injuries that result. Queens motorcycle accident lawyer Marc S. Albert assists people injured by careless motorists with taking legal action to receive financial support for their recovery.
The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert offers personalized, one-on-one legal representation for residents of New York City and Long Island who have been victims of serious motorcycle crashes. As a personal injury attorney practicing for over 20 years, Marc S. Albert knows the struggles that victims face in the aftermath of a traumatic accident, and he is dedicated to helping them get back on their feet. If you have been injured in a devastating motorcycle collision, contact our office today to learn more about our services.New York Broadside Collisions
Broadside collisions occur when the front of one vehicle hits another vehicle on its side. These accidents are also sometimes known as T-Bone crashes, due to the shape that the vehicles form. When a motorcycle is struck on its side by another car, the force of the impact can cause riders to be ejected from the vehicle, and this can lead to serious injuries, as well as fatalities. Many factors can contribute to this type of accident, one of the most common being a driver’s failure to yield the right of way to an oncoming motorcycle when turning at an intersection, especially when miscalculating the speed at which the motorcycle is traveling. These collisions can also occur in parking lots and anywhere else where one vehicle is pulling into a roadway without paying proper attention.Recovering Compensation Following a Broadside Collision
Drivers are accountable for broadside accidents if they can be shown to have been negligent in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. To prove negligence, the injured party, known as the plaintiff, must show that another party, or the defendant, owed them a certain duty of care. New York requires all motorists to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the same, or similar, circumstances while behind the wheel. A plaintiff also must establish that this duty was breached by the defendant’s actions, which caused the plaintiff’s injuries, and that he or she incurred damages as a result.
For example, a driver who runs a red light, striking a motorcyclist, would likely be found to have acted unreasonably and therefore negligently. When a driver has violated a criminal statute while driving, like driving under the influence of alcohol, a more simplified legal theory of negligence ‘per se’ may attach. This only requires a showing that a driver violated a statute enacted to protect a class of persons, since drunk driving laws are designed to protect motorists and others on the road. Once liability is shown, victims can be awarded damages in the forms of past and future medical costs as well as expenses related to time missed from work or their inability to earn a living in the same way due to their injuries. Consulting a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in the aftermath of a collision is vital to protecting your legal rights moving forward.Seek Legal Guidance Following a Motorcycle Crash in Queens
Broadside collisions can lead to catastrophic and even fatal injuries for motorcycle riders and their passengers. Queens attorney Marc S. Albert is dedicated to making sure that people who act dangerously behind the wheel are held legally responsible. He works with top experts, such as accident reconstructionists as well as medical experts, to ensure that his clients receive quality advocacy. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert serves clients throughout New York City and on Long Island from offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you have sustained an injury in a serious motorcycle accident, contact our office online or at 855-252-3788 to talk to an attorney about your legal rights.