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How Many Motorcycles Are In New York?

Number of Motorcycles Registered In New York State

344,688

See the number of registered motorcycles by county in New York

Number of Motorcycles Registered on Long Island

18,322 Nassau
31,574 Suffolk

Number of Motorcycles Registered In New York City

4,803 Bronx
11,807 Kings/Brooklyn
7,719 New York/Manhattan
14,318 Queens
6,137 Richmond/Staten Island
44,784 Total in NYC

County With The Most Motorcycle Deaths In New York

95 percent of NY motorcycle deaths happen in Suffolk County Long Island

If you have a loved one who was killed in a motorcycle accident anywhere in New York, see the free services we offer for families with a wrongful death case and How Do I Pay for Funeral Bills after a Car or Motorcycle Accident?
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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

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New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Driver Making a Left Turn Kills Motorcyclist, Again

A car making a left turn at the intersection of 162nd Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach was struck by a motorcycle, killing the motorcycle operator. The passenger on the motorcycle was seriously injured.

Apparently, the rear passenger side door of the car was struck by the motorcycle. The insurance company will likely, and wrongly, claim that it was the fault of the motorcyclist because the point of impact was towards the rear of the car on the rear passenger side door.

Insurance companies often raise two arguments:

  1. The point of impact was towards the rear of the car indicating that the motorcyclist was at fault. Find out why it’s the driver’s fault when a motorcycle hits the rear of the car.
  2. The motorcycle struck the car. Find out why it doesn’t matter if the motorcycle struck the car.

qns.com reported:

According to authorities, two men, ages 33 and 28, were riding a 2017 red Jiang motorcycle southbound on Cross Bay Boulevard when the vehicle struck the rear passenger’s side door of a 2007 BMW as that vehicle attempted to turn left from the northbound boulevard lanes to 162nd Street westbound.

…the 33-year-old man — identified as Elvin Veras-Polanco of Brooklyn, who operated the motorcycle — was pronounced dead, while the 28-year-old man was listed in critical condition.

On every left turn case where the car was struck towards the rear of the car, we always get an argument from the insurance company that our client was at fault or partially at fault. With death or serious injuries like those reported in this article, the insurance company will likely offer to pay the entire insurance policy but will still argue that the motorcyclist was at fault.

When the insurance company pays the entire insurance policy, they are paying the entire portion of the bodily injury liability policy. They will likely refuse to pay 100% of the damage to the motorcycle. Additionally, their refusal to admit 100% fault for the accident can result in insurance premium increases for the motorcyclist when the motorcyclist is fortunate enough to survive.

We have been successful many times and proving that the driver of the car was 100% at fault for causing the motorcycle accident. In fact, we obtained a court ruling that the driver was 100% at fault where the motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the rear bumper of the car which made a left turn in front of the motorcycle.

Because our client’s motorcycle struck the rear of the car making a left turn, the insurance company offered to pay only $50,000 for our client’s serious injury. After obtaining the court ruling, the insurance company increased its offer to $100,000. After a trial, the jury awarded a verdict in the amount of $425,000.

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Why Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

When you have a motorcycle accident, do you need a general lawyer, personal injury lawyer, or do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer? Does it matter if the lawyer is experienced with motorcycle accidents?

  • Some lawyers represent clients for all kinds of matters like personal injury, criminal, and more.
  • Personal injury lawyers represent clients who have been injured in an accident.
  • A small number of personal injury lawyers represent motorcyclists injured in motorcycle accidents.

You know we’re New York’s motorcycle accident lawyers because we created the motorcycle awareness campaign you know!

Do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer? You know we're New York's motorcycle accident lawyers because we created the motorcycle awareness campaign you know!

Do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to deal with your medical bills and treatment?

Immediately after the accident, motorcyclists have to deal with the confusing issue of who will pay the medical bills. Even hospitals, doctors, and lawyers often get this wrong. When the wrong insurance company is billed you can become responsible for the medical bills.

Many personal injury lawyers do not know you aren’t entitled to No-Fault or how your medical bills will be paid!

Motorcyclists do not get New York No-Fault insurance which pays for medical bills and lost wages in a car accident.

If you don’t have health insurance coverage, you won’t be able to find doctors to treat you. You’ll need a motorcycle accident lawyer who can get doctors to treat you on a lien (when the doctor agrees to get paid at the end of your case).

Although the money to pay your medical bills comes out of your settlement, it increases your settlement by the same amount because, in a motorcycle accident in New York, the defendant is responsible to pay for your medical bills.

A motorcycle accident lawyer who deals with this regularly has the ability to get the medical treatment you’ll need such as orthopedic surgery, therapy, plastic surgery, and dental treatment without you having to pay for it upfront.

When Donna had a motorcycle accident causing dental damage, we sent her to a prosthodontist and got her teeth fixed. See her new house she bought when we settled her case.

A motorcycle lawyer knows the serious injury threshold for cars does not apply to motorcycles

To receive money for pain-and-suffering, motorcyclists are not required to prove they have a serious injury that is required for the occupant of a car. This is an important benefit to motorcyclists because it is very complicated and difficult to prove, even if you had surgery. Lawyers who are not experienced with motorcycle accidents are often unaware of this.

Many lawyers do not know you don’t need to prove you have a serious injury! We even got a call from a lawyer at a very large law firm you’ve seen advertising on TV for motorcycle accidents. He asked us if we could give him a motion to prove their client had a serious injury for one of their motorcycle accident cases. I had to tell him there was no requirement for a serious injury. We also received other calls from lawyers asking for advice about motorcycle accident cases.

When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you can get money no matter how minor your injury is, even if you only had a scratch.

We know how to prove your motorcycle accident wasn’t your fault!

Determining and proving liability (who’s at fault) in a motorcycle accident is different than a car accident. There are some laws that provide a benefit to motorcyclists and help prove the driver of the car was at fault.

Motorcycle accidents are almost always caused because the driver didn’t see the motorcycle. Understanding why the driver didn’t see you helps to prove the driver is at fault for causing your motorcycle accident. Understanding other aspects such as why a motorcycle cannot stop as fast as a car is also important to prove the driver is at fault.

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Which personal injury lawyers handle motorcycle accidents?

Very few personal injury lawyers are experienced with motorcycle accidents. Many lawyers don’t even want motorcycle accidents. We do!

We have been advertising for motorcycle accidents in FullThrottle NY/NE Magazine since the magazine started and for several years were the only motorcycle accident lawyers in the magazine. So call the best motorcycle accident lawyers in New York for a free consultation.

Why you should contact a lawyer immediately after your accident

You’ll be better off when contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. What you say will likely be misunderstood from the moment police arrive and take your statement; EMS, nurses, and doctors ask you what happened; to telephone conversations with insurance representatives who are trained to ruin your case.

Do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer? Call us right now for a free no-obligation consultation.

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You may have met Phil Franckel at a motorcycle event. Phil created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®. He is a Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known in New York for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating, Avvo Client’s Choice award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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What If I Didn’t Have Collision Insurance Coverage?

If you did not have collision coverage on your motorcycle and someone else is negligent for causing the damage to your motorcycle, file a claim with the other vehicle’s insurance company.

You can file a claim with the other vehicle’s insurance company by calling the other vehicle’s insurance company or sending a letter stating that you are filing a claim. You can enclose a copy of the police report but do not have to.

If you were injured, do not contact the insurance company. Call us or another motorcycle accident lawyer immediately.

What If the Insurance Company Won’t Pay My Claim?

If the person responsible for causing the accident doesn’t have collision coverage or their insurance company will not pay your claim, you will need to file a lawsuit.

What Court Do I File a Lawsuit In?

You can file a lawsuit in Small Claims Court If the damage is less than the small claims court limit or you are willing to accept the amount limited in Small Claims Court.

If your damage is much more than what Small Claims Court allows, then you can file a lawsuit in the next higher court (District Court, Civil Court in NYC, or NYS Supreme Court). Ask to see the pro se clerk (for people not represented by a lawyer) for help with filing the papers.

How Much Can I Sue For My Collision Damage?

If you were not injured and want to file a lawsuit only for damage to your motorcycle because you did not have collision coverage, you can file a lawsuit for:

  • up to $5,000 in Small Claims Court
  • up to $15,000 in District Court in Suffolk or Nassau County
  • up to $25,000 in New York City Civil Court
  • unlimited amount in New York State Supreme Court

These courts have fill-in-the-blank forms for non-lawyers and a pro se clerk can help you fill them in.

How Much Money am I Entitled to if I Sue in Court For My Damage?

“Blue Books” are only guides. You do not have to accept what an insurance company says is the “book” value of your motorcycle. The good news is that insurance companies now usually use an outside company that finds motorcycles for sale and provides an estimate. These estimates are usually fair.

You are entitled to the retail replacement cost of your motorcycle plus sales tax. However, you are only entitled to the money needed to buy the same motorcycle which means similar mileage, age, condition, etc.

You are not required to replace your motorcycle by purchasing from a private seller, you can buy one from a motorcycle dealer.

Small Claims Court Alternative

If you file a lawsuit in Small Claims Court, both you and the defendant will be contacted by a court TV show. Court TV shows are not really courts but resolve cases by arbitration.

If you agree to resolve the claim on the TV show, the show will pay an appearance fee and provide transportation to both parties.

The best part is that the TV show will pay you the money awarded. This is good because if you sue in Small Claims Court, you may not be able to collect the money awarded.

Can I Get a Free Lawyer for My Motorcycle Damage?

Yes, if you were injured in a motorcycle accident, the 1-800-HURT-911® New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyers will represent you for free for your motorcycle damage claim.

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Who Should I Sue, the Driver or the Insurance Company?

You will file a lawsuit against the driver, registrant, and title owner of the vehicle. You do not name the other vehicle’s insurance company in the lawsuit.

In a Small Claims Court lawsuit for damage to your motorcycle, it is usually sufficient to file a lawsuit against the driver and registrant of the vehicle.

Why Don’t I Sue the Insurance Company?

The lawsuit cannot name the insurance company as a defendant because the insurance company didn’t cause your accident and doesn’t own the vehicle.

The insurance company only indemnifies their insured. This means that the insurance company agreed to pay for claims against the person you are suing. The insurance company also provides an attorney at their expense to defend the lawsuit.

Don’t Want to Sue Your Friend?

See Small Claims Alternative, below.

Who Do You Need to Sue for Injuries?

In a lawsuit for personal injuries, it is extremely important to name every possible defendant. There are several reasons, one of which is to make sure that every available insurance policy is available to pay for your injury.

A personal injury lawsuit should name as defendants, the:

  • Driver
  • Registrant of the vehicle
  • Title owner of the vehicle, and
  • Any named insured on the policy.

It is possible for the same person to be the driver, registrant, title owner, and insured but there could be several people and/or companies.

John Doe could be the driver of a car registered to his wife Jane Doe which is owned by her father Joseph Rowe whose name is on the title and whose wife Josephine Rowe is listed as an insured on the policy. There could be one or more insurance policies insuring this car. It’s important to search for all insurance policies.

If you need to file a lawsuit for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident, you should always call us, the New York motorcycle accident lawyers, immediately.

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Are You Required to Lay Your Motorcycle down to Avoid an Accident?

Motorcyclists are always getting blamed by insurance companies, so here are two situations where they may blame you no matter what you do, but the law is on your side.

In the usual motorcycle accident where a car is making a left turn and crossing your path in front of you, does it matter if you lay your bike down to avoid the accident or if you try to avoid the accident in another way?

Motorcycle layed down on road

We had a case on LI, New York, where a motorcyclist put his bike down to avoid hitting a car pulling out of a driveway in front of him. The insurance company refused to pay, arguing that the motorcyclist put his bike down for no reason other than he was unnecessarily afraid.  The insurance company also claimed that the car was stopped before the accident, remained stopped at all times and there was no contact.

That argument was unsuccessful and the driver was found to be 80% at fault. The motorcyclist was 20% at fault because it was found that he could have taken evasive action earlier than he did, not because he put his bike down.

In an accident where the motorcyclist kept going straight and was hit by a car making a left turn, the insurance company argued the reverse. The argument was that the motorcyclist should have laid down his motorcycle to avoid the accident.

In that case, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ruled against the argument but only because there was no evidence to support the argument that the motorcyclist should have put his bike down.

That could leave open the possibility of an accident reconstruction expert providing the evidence to claim that laying the motorcycle down would have avoided the accident. However, I can’t believe a court would ever rule that a motorcyclist could be negligent in choosing how to be injured.

In summary, it shouldn’t matter in your case whether you put your motorcycle down without hitting the car or if you hit the car because you didn’t put your motorcycle down.

If you had a motorcycle accident in New York, whether you put your motorcycle down or not and whether or not there was contact with the car, please call us immediately.

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Is a release for liability valid against a motorcycle school?

Most people are familiar with signing a release for liability also called a liability waiver when participating in various recreational activities such as skydiving. Before being allowed to participate, an employee requires you to sign a release in case you’re injured because of their negligence. Sometimes, the release is on the back of your admission ticket.

People usually believe they can’t file a lawsuit because they signed a waiver of liability but that’s usually not true. In fact, that’s the reason for the release, to make you think you can’t have a lawsuit. Most lawyers are aware that these releases have no legal significance and will be happy to represent you if you are injured.

One of our clients was injured at the bottom of a toboggan run In New York. His admission lift ticket had a release for liability. He was an engineer and easily identified the negligent design he was staring at when he was injured.

New York State General Obligations Law § 5–326 prohibits an owner or operator of a recreational facility from enforcing a release given by someone who has paid for the use of the facility.  This is why we were able to represent that client.

However, these releases are sometimes enforceable. For instance, when the activity is instructional rather than recreational such as a motorcycle school. Just a few years ago, this issue was decided in a case against a motorcycle school in Queens, New York (Boateng v Motorcycle Safety School, Inc. 51 A.D.3d 702, 858 N.Y.S.2d 312, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 04455).

The motorcyclist signed up for a two-day rider training course at a motorcycle school. On the second day, it was raining and you guessed it, there was a motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist filed a personal injury lawsuit after being injured in the accident because she was not trained for riding in the rain. The motorcyclist claimed that the motorcycle school was negligent in proceeding without giving proper training and instruction on how to ride a motorcycle in the rain.

Rain drops on a motorcycle

The New York State Supreme Court held that the release was not valid and allowed the case against the motorcycle school to go forward but the decision was appealed by the motorcycle school to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Supreme Court and held that the release was valid because the motorcyclist participated in a course of instruction provided by the motorcycle school and was not participating in recreational activity.

The Appellate Division also ruled that the release was clear in stating that the motorcyclist was aware of the risks and assumed the risks associated with participating in the motorcycle riding course. Since the release was ruled to be valid, so was the assumption of risk.

Consequently, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rider was not able to be compensated for the injury.

If you are ever injured and think you don’t have a case or cannot file a lawsuit, always speak with a lawyer to make sure.  We always provide a free consultation.

If you’re a motorcycle school on Long Island or in New York and would like a free consultation, please call Attorneys Phil Franckel and Rob Plevy at 1-800-HURT-911.

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Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month so we’re hanging billboards at Costco stores.

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaimed May, as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in the State of New York. The proclamation speaks to motorcyclists’ awareness of safety and drivers’ awareness of motorcycles.

The proclamation states, “WHEREAS, Each year, motorcycle riders are killed by drivers who do not see them; greater public awareness must be achieved in an effort to reduce the numbers of fatalities;”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 to 2012, there was an increase of 7 percent of motorcyclists killed and a 15-percent increase of motorcyclists injured.

Most of these accidents happen because drivers just never see the motorcyclist. ABATE is doing a great job of placing motorcycle awareness signs on the roads but everyone needs to get involved.

We’ve been helping raise awareness of motorcycles on the road with our campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®. Every year, we give out lawn signs, bumper stickers, magnetic bumper stickers, and large magnetic car signs.

Look for our motorcycle awareness billboards at LI Costco stores in May. BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE® and the 1-800-HURT-911 logo gets nearly 1 million views on our billboards at Costco warehouse stores in Suffolk and Nassau every May.

Motorcycle awareness billboard

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Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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How is a Motorcycle Accident Verdict Amount Decided?

How is a Motorcycle Accident Verdict Amount Decided For a Partial Leg Amputation?

This jury verdict was in a rural area and a motorcycle accident lawyer in New York would get a much higher verdict than in a rural area. But this case involving a partial leg amputation is a good example to show various factors considered by a jury. See how much a leg amputation is worth in New York.

A motorcyclist in a head-on collision with a pickup truck was awarded a total of $6,338,491 when he suffered the amputation of his leg below the knee, multiple fractures, implanted hardware, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome), and post-concussion syndrome.

How was this amount determined? The following itemization is illustrative of how a verdict for injuries is rendered. In this case, although the defendant claimed that the motorcyclist was 100% at fault, the motorcyclist was found to be only 15% at fault and the total amount awarded was reduced by 15%.

$589,480 Past Medical Cost
$1,846,780 Future Medical Cost
$107,232 Past Lost Earnings
$362,499 Future Lost Earnings Capability
$1,250,000 Past Pain And Suffering
$2,182,500 Future Pain And Suffering

Total Award $6,338,491
Total Award less 15% = $5,387,717.35 net award to the motorcyclist

A famous case, although not a motorcycle accident, is also an interesting example of how a verdict can be reduced. That is the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit.

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Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Did a car cut off your motorcycle?

Did you put your motorcycle down to avoid hitting a car that cut you off?  Maybe you were run off the road or struck a car, curb or pole because a car cut you off but did not hit you.

The driver of the car may have done the right thing and stopped, but now you find that the police officer did not identify the car on the police accident report!

If you or a witness didn’t write down the license plate number, you can’t sue the driver because you don’t know their identity and you can’t file an uninsured claim because the car didn’t contact you or your motorcycle (But we still may be able to get money for you).

Why didn’t the police officers identify the other car on the police accident reports? Because they don’t understand the law.  I just sent a letter to the NYC Police Commissioner requesting a change in their policy.

Until then, if you put your motorcycle down because of a car that did not contact your bike, take a photo with your cell phone of the car showing the license plate number; ask someone to write down the license plate number of the car; make sure that you get the names and telephone numbers of all witnesses and call us immediately at 1-800-487-8911.

Even if you don’t know the identity of the car that cut you off and there was no contact, we may be able to help you. We got money for quite a few clients in this situation! Just call us immediately at 1-800-487-8911.

Read the letter to NYC Police

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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When Courtesy Causes an Accident

Most everyone has been courteous and waved on a car in traffic.  Unfortunately, sometimes courtesy can cause an accident and you can be found at fault for waving on a car.

For instance, the driver of a car in the right lane of a street may waive on a car coming out of a parking lot or cross street without thinking about traffic coming up from behind in the left lane.  The car coming out of the cross street may proceed without seeing another car coming from behind the courteous driver in the left lane but not seeing a motorcycle is even more of a possibility.

A similar incident (not in New York) was responsible for the death of a motorcycle sheriff’s deputy who was escorting a float in a parade. The motorcycle deputy was moving up along the left side of the float to block the intersection.  Just then, the driver of a truck pulling the float waved on a car, signaling that she could proceed to make a left turn in front of him.  The car drove around the float and ran head-on into the motorcycle deputy, killing him.

Although it was alleged that the motorcycle deputy was at fault, the jury found that the courteous truck driver pulling the float was 95% at fault and the driver of the car was 5% at fault for causing the accident.

The sheriff’s deputy was an experienced motorcyclist being an 11 year veteran of the motorcycle unit.  This type of accident is extremely difficult to avoid because you may not be able to see that a courteous driver is motioning to another car.

If you see the car to your right slow down or stop when another car is on the right, it would be appropriate to be cautious.  A driver who is being waved on will likely have his or her vision partially blocked by the courteous car.  Everyone knows that car drivers often don’t see motorcycles.  This is one of the times when you probably will not be seen.

Next time you’re feeling courteous, think twice about whether traffic coming from behind you could be at risk because of your action.  It could be a fellow motorcyclist.

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Motorcycle Attorney Phil Franckel talks about how motorcycle accidents are different

Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website, one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York, well-known for representing motorcyclists. He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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