Motorcycle accident victims often carry a heavy burden of medical bills, loss of income, and permanent disability. The families of motorcycle accident victims who have been injured or killed face a similar hardship, with the additional pain of seeing a loved one hurt or gone forever. Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, New York motorcyle accident attorneys have helped many motorcycle accident victims obtain a settlement or verdict as compensation for the serious losses incurred.
More Motorcycle Accidents Each Year
An alarming increase in motorcycle accident injuries and deaths has been observed over the past decade. According to a 2008 report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the annual number of motorcycle accident deaths has more than doubled since 1997. The NTSB notes that the number of motorcycle accident deaths each year is now higher than the yearly total of all of the people killed in rail, marine, aviation, and pipeline accidents in the U.S. combined - more than twice the total, in fact.
Head Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Fatalities in motorcycle accidents are usually from head injuries, often when the motorcycle operator or rider is not wearing a helmet. In New York State, helmet use is required. The strict law was implemented in part because the medical costs incurred by motorcycle riders without helmets are estimated at four times the costs incurred by helmeted riders.
Being in a motorcycle accident without a helmet makes for an average medical care bill of $310,000. When an individual or family becomes bankrupt from the medical costs, the state may have to cover the continuing costs of the patient’s care.
The Costs of Your Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, or if your loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you already have an idea of the tremendous physical, emotional, and financial costs that are facing you, including:
- Medical care
- Recovery costs, including rehabilitation or long-term home care
- Medication and medical equipment
- Loss of wages and future income
- Disability and possible disfigurement
- Funeral and burial costs in fatal accidents
- Loss of a family member’s income
- Loss of a loved one’s companionship
- Pain and suffering
Contact the NYC Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman
Don’t let the trauma and anxiety of a motorcycle accident keep you from protecting your legal rights. Contact our New York City motorcyle accident attorney offices to arrange a no cost, no-commitment discussion of your circumstances and learn more about your options.