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Queens Motorcycle Accident LawyerAre you dealing with painful or disabling injuries following a motorcycle accident in Queens, NY? It is possible that you are entitled to financial compensation to help you offset the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and even the pain and suffering you are experiencing as a result of your injuries. 

Our accomplished Queens motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, are ready to fight to maximize your compensation. Since 2007, we have been fighting on behalf of motorcycle accident victims like you. Reach out to our NYC law firm today for a free case evaluation. 

How Can the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, Help Me After a Motorcycle Accident in Queens?

motorcycleOur skilled Queens personal injury attorneys have decades of experience handling accidents involving motor vehicle crashes of all kinds, including car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and truck accidents.

We offer a free consultation with no obligation. As a motorcycle rider, you are more vulnerable on the roads than other drivers.

Even if wearing a helmet, motorcycle riders can suffer serious brain injury if they are involved in a crash with a larger, heavier vehicle. No matter the injury, we are here for you. 

If you choose the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, to represent you in your Queens motorcycle accident case, you can expect much more than legal advice. 

Here’s what sets our law firm apart from the rest:

  • Full-service legal representation. We will handle every aspect of your case, from start to finish, including communicating with attorneys and insurance companies. 
  • In-depth investigation. Our investigation includes a full analysis of the facts and circumstances of your motorcycle accident. We interview witnesses, obtain police reports, and evaluate the involved parties for potential liability. 
  • Expert analysis. We work with leading medical and financial experts across New York state to evaluate the full extent of your motorcycle injury and monetary losses, with the goal of maximizing your compensation. 
  • Assertive negotiation. We work hard to negotiate fair and prompt settlements on behalf of our clients. When that doesn’t work, we are fully prepared to litigate client matters in court. 

The personal injury attorney you choose can make all the difference in your case. At the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, we have decades of experience and have secured multi-million dollar recoveries for our clients. 

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is recommended that you establish an attorney-client relationship as soon as practicable after your accident. Reach out to our law firm today to schedule your free case consultation, at no obligation to you!

Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur Often in Queens?

Motorcycle accidents occur surprisingly frequently in Queens, NY. Crash data reported by the NYPD showed 192 motorcycle accidents in New York City in January 2021. That’s up to six motorcycle crashes a day

How Are Motorcycle Accident Cases Valued?

compensationTo value a personal injury claim, like a motorcycle accident or even a workplace accident, several factors come into play. Some of these factors have a stronger influence on the value of the claim, while others may have a small impact.

Not all factors will be applicable to all cases. Here are a few factors that may influence the value:

  • Severity of the injury or injuries
  • Certainty of liability
  • Whether the case reaches a settlement or goes to trial
  • Costs of litigation
  • Publicity involved in the case, if any

These factors can generally impact the value of a case, but every case is unique. A knowledgeable Queens motorcycle accident lawyer can help you understand the value of your case. 

Severity of the Injury or Injuries

Motorcycle injuries can range from mild to severe, and sometimes even fatal. Depending on the circumstances, a motorcyclist may have road rash or traumatic brain injury. There may be broken bones or burns. 

How is the severity of an injury evaluated? There are several ways.

In addition to the type of injury, the following factors impact the severity:

  • Length of medical treatment and number of appointments
  • Whether specialty medical treatment, like surgery, is required
  • The time in which the injuries are expected to improve
  • Whether some injuries will be permanent
  • The percentage of the body impaired or impacted by injuries
  • The limitations the injuries cause on your daily life activities
  • The amount of time required to rehabilitate injuries

More severe injuries are those that require more intensive and long-term treatment and those that leave an injury victim with a permanently impaired quality of life. 

This is not to say that less severe injuries have no value. They do, but less so than more severe injuries will have. 

Certainty of Liability

Certainty of liability involves who is responsible for the accident and how much responsibility they bear. Any of the following parties could bear some responsibility, and some liability, for your injuries:

  • Motorists
  • Truck drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists
  • Uber or Lyft drivers
  • Transit companies
  • Employers of negligent parties
  • Product manufacturers
  • Municipalities or government agencies

At the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, we undertake an independent investigation to determine the liability of any and all parties involved in your motorcycle accident. When the insurance companies that provide coverage realize that their insured is certain to be found liable for their negligence, they are more likely to offer higher-value settlements. 

Other Factors

In some cases, insurance companies wish to avoid a trial. They may make a higher settlement offer to do so. In other cases, the insurance company may refuse a reasonable settlement and the jury may award a high-value judgment to an injury victim. 

Similarly, costs of litigation can impact your recovery in multiple ways. Insurance companies are businesses, first and foremost. They will consider the cost of litigation in settlement offers. A financially strong firm, like the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, can maintain a vigorous prosecution of your personal injury case. Since the insurance companies know we will not roll over and go away, they may be more likely to save money and settle fairly with our clients. 

Most cases are not subject to much, if any, publicity. However, in cases that do garner publicity, whether because of the identity of the at-fault party or the victim, or because of the severity of the injuries, it may be more desirable to the at-fault parties and their insurance companies to settle. In these cases, settlement values may be higher to reflect the need to quickly settle the case. 

Does My Own Fault Change the Value of the Case?

comparative faultIn New York, the doctrine of pure comparative fault applies.

Under these rules, you can still recover compensation even if you are partly to blame for your accident. You can seek damages as long as someone else is also at fault. However, your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of your fault.

This means that if you are 25% at-fault for your accident, your recovery will be reduced by 25%. You can still recover 75% of your total losses, though! 

We work to minimize the blame our clients bear for their injuries. Within the law, the assignment of responsibility can be subjective. Without a skilled personal injury attorney, the other at-fault parties may attempt to place more–or most–of the blame at your feet. 

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Motorcycle Accident Victims?

Damages is the legal term for the compensation received by injury victims to make up for the losses they sustained as a result of their accident. These damages are meant to make an injury victim whole, or restore them as best as possible for their losses. 

They are usually of two kinds: economic and non-economic. 

Economic damages, as the name suggests, relate to dollars lost because of an injury. 

They include:

  • Medical expenses, such as doctor’s bills and prescription medications
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

If you have a hefty ambulance or hospital charges, missed work, or had to rebuild your bike after a crash, you will have documentation of these financial expenditures. We will help you gather that documentation and calculate the total dollar value of your losses. 

Non-economic damages are meant to try to pay you back for the loss of things that, generally, are hard to measure in dollars. 

Non-economic damages include losses such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement 
  • Partial or permanent disability

To establish the value of these losses, we work with sophisticated financial experts and witnesses to describe how the injuries have impacted your life. When injuries significantly impair your quality of life, we can help you fight for the maximum compensation available. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Case in New York?

notice of lawsuitA person has three (3) years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit under New York’s statute of limitations.

For wrongful death claims, claimants have only two (2) years to file suit.  

You lose the right to file a lawsuit if you wait too long to file your claim and allow the statute of limitations to expire.

Reach Out to Our Queens Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today

If you are struggling to recover from motorcycle injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, are ready and waiting to extend you a free consultation and get started on your case. Reach out to our Queens motorcycle accident lawyers today.

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