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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Albany

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When the weather is warm, many people ride motorcycles in Albany for recreation. They may even use their bike as a main form of transportation. Unfortunately, motorcycle riding can be dangerous in the region. New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) statistics show that, on average, more than 3,000 people suffer injuries in Albany motorcycle accidents every year.

At Powers & Santola, LLP, we know how careless and reckless drivers often cause these accidents. They either don’t know how to share the road safely with motorcycle riders, or they simply refuse to do so. If you have been hurt in a collision with one of these negligent motorists, or if your loved one died in a motorcycle crash, we want to help you to seek the justice you deserve.

U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers has rated Powers & Santola, LLP, as a Tier 1 law firm in personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in the Albany region – a rating based, in part, on recognition from our peers. Find out how we can put our skill and experience to work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation about your Albany motorcycle accident case.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Since we started our law firm in 1987, Powers & Santola, LLP, has protected the rights of injured motorcyclists throughout the Albany region. We understand how these crashes often result from careless decisions and actions by motor vehicle drivers such as:

As we have seen through the years, the underlying cause of many accidents is distracted driving. A driver who is too busy with texting or talking on a cell phone may not see a motorcyclist on the road. Driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue can also cause collisions between motorcyclists and drivers. In some cases, driver error plays no role. Instead, a motorcycle accident happens because of a defectively designed or manufactured motorcycle part, or it occurs because of a poorly designed or maintained road.

What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

When cars and motorcycles collide, motorcycle riders and their passengers typically suffer the most severe injuries. This is true even when they wear helmets and other protective gear. Cars simply weigh more than motorcycles, and motorcycles have no structural protection to absorb the impact. Additionally, motorcyclists frequently get thrown from the bike. Some of the common motorcycle injuries that we see in Albany at Powers & Santola, LLP, are:

Some of these injuries are unique to motorcycle accidents. For instance, a type of friction burn known as “road rash” can occur when a motorcyclist gets dragged by the bike or skids along the pavement in an accident. Also, “biker’s arm” is a term that refers to nerve damage that motorcyclists can suffer if the motorcycle lands on them in a crash.

At Powers & Santola, LLP, we realize how these injuries can be life-changing. We will help you to get the medical care you need after a motorcycle crash, and we will seek a settlement that pays for all of your necessary and related medical care. Our goal is to make a meaningful difference in your life.

How Can Our Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Help You?

If you are in a motor vehicle that gets into a crash, your first option in New York is to file a claim for personal injury protection, commonly called “PIP” or “no-fault” benefits. However, New York’s no-fault insurance law does not apply to motorcycles. So, if you are motorcycle rider or passenger who is injured in a crash in our state, your first option would be to file a claim against the at-fault driver and seek compensation through that driver’s liability auto insurance.

Unfortunately, the claims process is rarely easy. Insurance companies are reluctant to pay. When you file an injury claim, you can expect the insurance company to challenge liability, damages or both. In many cases, insurance companies try to pin blame on the motorcyclist for the accident, or they stress that a motorcyclist didn’t wear a helmet at the time of the crash.

At Powers & Santola, LLP, we will aggressively protect your rights and pursue all compensation that you are due. When we take on motorcycle accident cases in Albany, we:

We handle a select number of cases at Powers & Santola, LLP. We take that approach because we want to ensure that we devote the full extent of our attention and resources to each client we serve. When you work with us, you can count on always being able to speak with a member of our legal team who knows your case and can thoughtfully answer your questions. You will never pay any costs or fees unless we recover compensation for you.

How Can You Protect Your Rights after a Motorcycle Crash?

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Albany, you can take a few steps on your own in the immediate aftermath that will help to protect your health and your ability to recover compensation. Four key steps are:

Our Albany Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Are Here for You

At Powers & Santola, LLP, we devote all of our skills, experience and resources to handling select cases involving serious injuries. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Albany, or if your loved one died in a crash due to the negligence of another driver, we are here to help you. Contact us today to discuss your case.