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5 Top Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Owners

Now that June is here and spring is finally upon us, most people are eager to get outdoors. If your summer plans include buying a new motorcycle or jumping on one for the first time, it’s important to educate yourself about the risks of riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in a collision than someone behind the wheel of a car. In honor of a long-overdue spring and motorcycle safety awareness month, let’s take a minute to review the top five safety tips for new motorcyclists.

Staying Safe on the Open Road

Whether you’re a novice rider or an experienced motorcyclist riding again after the winter months, it’s important to stay safe.

  1. Buy the Right Bike for You

Like cars, not all motorcycles work for everyone. Depending on your lifestyle and your body type, a large bike might not suit you. Similarly, heavier bikes work well for people who can handle them. Test drive several different models and work with a knowledgeable sales representative who can (literally) steer you in the right direction. If you have your heart set on a particular style or brand, remember that you will enjoy yourself more if you’re comfortable and in control of your bike. You will also stay safer.

  1. Wear Protective Gear

The leather gear you see in motorcycle dealerships and shops might help you look the part, but it’s really designed to serve a more practical purpose: safety. Road rash accounts for some of the most horrendous injuries suffered by motorcyclists in car crashes. It’s not uncommon for riders to require amputations after skidding against concrete during a collision. Long sleeves, over-the-ankle pants, gloves, and sturdy shoes should be standard regardless of the weather.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice (Riding)

Riding a motorcycle is not like driving a car – or riding a bike. Before you drive anywhere, your first stop should be at a motorcycle instruction course. Experience will give you confidence, which will improve your reaction time if you encounter a close-call on the road. Check your local Department of Motor Vehicles for class offerings. Many motorcycle manufacturers also offer classes led by certified teachers.

  1. Don’t Skip the Helmet

In New York State, motorcyclists (and their passengers) are required to wear helmets and protective eyewear. More importantly, motorcycle helmets save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve cyclists without helmets.

  1. Keep an Eye on the Weather

Avoid inclement weather whenever possible. Rain is especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In addition to reducing your visibility, wet pavement makes it difficult for your tires to grip the road, compromising your ability to make sudden maneuvers and quick turns.

Motorcycle Personal Injury Lawyers

At Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, we help accident victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call our experienced attorneys today at 212-240-0365 for a free consultation about your case.

This website has been prepared by Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

Filing a Personal Injury Protection or No Fault claim after an auto accident

Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage is mandatory in New York for every auto insurance policy. PIP is also known as no-fault insurance claim and can be filed regardless of whether or not you were responsible.

People sometimes hesitate to file No Fault claims for fear that their insurance company will raise their rates or terminate their policy. This is not the case at all. It is illegal for insurance companies to raise rates or terminate coverage based on a claim. Furthermore, the at-fault driver’s insurance company usually reimburses your insurance company for any medical bills paid under your PIP coverage.

What does No Fault pay for?

This type of insurance covers a variety of expenses for you if you are injured in a car accident. It will also cover any passengers in your vehicle who have sustained injuries.

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Co-pays
  • Out-of-pocket prescription costs
  • Lost wages

If you have been hurt and your No Fault claims are denied, a personal injury attorney can help you understand all of your options. If you’ve recently been involved in an automobile accident, you should discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney in New York. Doing so could ensure a more favorable outcome.

Concussion lawsuits getting in the game

If you’ve been following football recently, you know that concussions have become a big story this year. With more than 2,400 retired players joining in a lawsuit against the National Football League for allegedly hiding the knowledge that repeated concussions could lead to short and long-term brain damage, they represent one of the most significant personal injury class action lawsuits in recent history.

While you might never have suited-up for the Giants, Jets or other NFL franchise, you too have the right to protect yourself and your family if you’ve received a concussion due to someone else’s negligence.

Whether it’s by a car accident, slip and fall or other means, proving negligence or carelessness on another’s behalf could entitle you to compensatory damages. Future medical bills, lost wages, damages due to pain and suffering could all be covered.

Potential concussion symptoms such as headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, loss of short-term memory and confusion can be long-term and result in monumental financial and physical burdens.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed or expect you might have suffered from a concussion due to an accident through no fault of your own, you should discuss your case with an experienced New York personal injury attorney. Doing so could ensure a more favorable outcome.

Hiring an Attorney after a Car Accident

No one needs to tell you that New York has a lot of traffic. The sheer number of cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and cabs on the road account for thousands of injuries to motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike.

If you’re injured in an accident, it goes without saying that the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If you have been injured, the best thing you can do is to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney in New York specializing in automobile accidents.

If you have sustained injuries, you have the right to recover medical expenses and lost wages, and you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. You will probably be approached by an attorney or adjuster from the insurance company for the person at fault. That person’s goal is not to settle the case and help you recover lost wages and pay for medical expenses. Their goal is to limit their client’s liability.

Said another way, the attorney or adjuster’s goal is to get their client a settlement that doesn’t cost a lot. They do this by offering you a settlement. It may look good on the surface; after all, you’re getting some money.

The problem is that you’re signing away any future considerations. Part of the settlement agreement will be that you will waive your right to bring a lawsuit against the other party in the future. If you develop a medical condition two or three years (or even longer!) down the road, you would not be able to pursue any legal action.

Anyone involved in a car accident is also entitled to No Fault benefits which will entitle them to lost wages and medical insurance relating to the injuries sustained in the accident.  They should be aware that they only have 30 days to file the No Fault application and should therefore speak to an attorney immediately so that their time to file it does not expire.

If you’re offered a settlement, do not sign it unless and until you’re advised to do so by a reputable and experienced car accident attorney.

Once you make the decision to seek council, your attorney will

·Examine the settlement offer by the other driver or insurance company

·Help you determine how much your claim is worth

· Determine a legal course of action against the opposing driver

· File a bodily injury claim, if necessary

· Negotiate with insurance companies

Most will take your case on contingency, so you will not have to spend money upfront for legal representation. You should have an attorney to help navigate through the red tape and negotiate a fair settlement for yourself. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney improves your chances for a favorable outcome.