Do You Know These New York Motorcycle Laws?

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“Motorists—whether you’re on a motorcycle or a private vehicle—you can protect yourself against harm. You can buy appropriate coverage so that in the event that you’re injured, you can file an uninsured motorist claim.”

There are many New York motorcycle laws that riders need to know. These laws may change the amount of compensation a motorcyclist can be awarded in the event of an accident depending on the type of insurance policy the motorcyclist has purchased.

This interview features personal injury attorney Michael Greenspan based in White Plains, New York. He explains that if you’re involved in an accident and partially at fault, you can still pursue a legal claim against other drivers.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-392-6439 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Michael Greenspan:

Motorcycle accidents make up some of the highest-risk accidents that can occur both in physical and financial damages. It’s essential to understand the laws regarding motorcycle use in your state, as well as how to best protect yourself in the event of a crash.

Check your insurance policy before you leave your house.

It’s essential to have a good insurance broker or agent so you can stay up-to-date on what policies will be most important to you according to your lifestyle. The minimum coverage for a private-passenger vehicle doesn’t cover much, especially if you ride a motorcycle. Motorcycles afford drivers far less protection and in New York are not eligible for no-fault insurance. Expenses that occur as a result of a crash can be much higher than crashes that occur in a passenger vehicle. Greenspan maintains that one of the best ways to protect yourself as a motorcyclist is to purchase the proper type and amount of insurance, not the cheapest.

After contacting law enforcement, call a loved one as soon as possible after an accident.

Insurance company adjusters may approach you after an accident to convince you to sign or agree to things which may waive your rights. This is why it’s important not to sign or agree to anything until after speaking to an attorney. Having a loved one involved and nearby can help reduce some of the risk of making poor decisions regarding your case, as they are likely to have a clearer mind than a person who has just been involved in a traumatic accident. A loved one may also be able to obtain evidence from the scene that you cannot while receiving medical care.

New York is a comparative fault state.

This means that if one or more people were responsible for a crash, a jury can decide how much liability lies with each party and how the compensation should vary in regard to that percentage.

Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency.

This means you won’t owe your attorney any money unless and until the insurance company pays you for the damages you incurred in an accident.

There has been a long-time bias toward motorcyclists, often resulting in a jaded approach by the jury.

It’s important that your attorney knows how to frame your case appropriately, and place the fault on the at-fault vehicle, even if juries tend to blame the motorcyclist. An experienced attorney will be aware of this trend toward bias against motorcyclists and address it effectively when dealing with the jury to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Motorists can protect themselves against harm by purchasing appropriate coverage.

If you have protected yourself appropriately by obtaining a good insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim against the at-fault party’s vehicle, and even against your own insurance company if you have purchased the right type of policy. If you haven’t spoken with your insurance agent/broker, give them a call and see what your options are. Having sufficient insurance is one of the most important and essential things you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a motorcycle crash.

To learn more, contact Michael Greenspan directly by calling 888-392-6439 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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