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You’ve been in a motorcycle accident—now what? The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can turn your life upside down as you cope with injuries, damage to your motorcycle, financial worries, emotional distress, and more.

The Platta Law Firm is here to help. Our compassionate New York motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to go the distance. We’ll help you navigate the complex legal landscape related to your collision. Our highly-awarded attorneys offer you over 150 years of combined experience that will make all the difference in getting you the compensation you deserve.

Call our New York offices at (212) 514-5100 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.

Help From The Platta Law Firm After Your New York Motorcycle Accident

The impact of a motorcycle accident is overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through it alone. You and your loved ones will have the support of our legal team as you face a potentially painful recovery, staggering medical bills, and possible lost wages from missing work.

Our top priority is helping you get your life back on track. While you focus on healing, we’ll fight for the highest possible award we can get for your case. Our extensive experience in representing personal injury cases will give you the edge you need. Our proven results will help you feel confident that your case is in the right hands. We’ll help you secure meaningful compensation for the trauma you’ve experienced, and we’ll take the guesswork out of the many important steps that need to be taken to arrive at a positive outcome. We will:

  • Thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident
  • Determine how the accident occurred
  • Fully document all damages
  • Establish who is liable for the incident
  • Consult with experts who can strengthen your case
  • Protect you from insurance companies and other parties trying to lowball your award
  • Fight for you in court if settlement offers fall short

We want only one thing—justice for you and your family. We’ll advocate for your rights and we’ll demand fair treatment for your case. Let us handle the details so you can focus on feeling better.


The crowded and often congested nature of New York City streets can make it challenging for motorcycle riders throughout the boroughs. Additionally, the weather and traffic conditions in New York City can vary, influencing the safety of motorcycle use in daily commuting and recreational use.

Because of these factors, you may not be surprised to learn how prevalent motorcycle accidents are across the city. Data published by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management & Research (ITSMR) in November 2023 reflected over 3,000 motorcycle accidents—and counting—for the year. Over 75% of these accidents resulted in personal injuries with nearly 5% resulting in fatalities. As of October 2023, a NYPD government report stated that the breakdown of accidents by borough is as follows:

  • Brooklyn: 28.8% of all motorcycle accidents in the city
  • Queens: 28% of the city’s total
  • Bronx: 20.8% of the city’s motorcycle accidents
  • Manhattan: 19.8% of the city’s total
  • Staten Island: 2.65% of the city’s total

Regardless of where your accident took place, The Platta Law Firm has you covered. Our New York City motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience with accidents occurring in every corner of the city.

What Type of Motorcycle Accident Cases Does The Platta Law Firm Handle?

The frequency of motorcycle collisions and fatalities is increasing each year, and we are prepared to handle all types of motorcycle mishaps. Many different factors can contribute to a crash, and our motorcycle accident attorneys will examine the specifics of your situation to establish appropriate cause and liability. We’ve listed a few of the most commonly reported causes of motorcycle accidents below. You might find that some of these events relate to your case:

  • Distracted driving
  • Bad weather
  • Mechanical defects
  • Driving under the influence
  • Lane splitting
  • Failure to yield
  • Speeding

No matter what the cause of your accident, we have the experience you need. Whether you’re the victim of another driver’s carelessness or the state has failed to maintain safe roadways, we know how to build a solid case that is tailored to your unique circumstances.

Who Can Be Held Liable for My Motorcycle Accident?

Once we’re able to determine the cause of your accident, our next step will be determining who is at fault. New York laws allow for the possibility of you recovering compensation from anyone who contributed to your accident. For example, cars and other motor vehicles such as buses and trucks may have influenced your collision. Even pedestrians and bicycle riders can be involved with causing motorcycle accidents.

Other at-fault parties can include government agencies responsible for road maintenance, property owners accountable for ensuring safe premises, and product manufacturers who are tasked with building reliable equipment. The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Platta Law Firm will inspect every possible angle of your accident. We’ll build a strategy to ensure that everyone at fault for your collision is held liable for the harm you have suffered. Give us a call now at (212) 514-5100.

What Types of Damages Can I Collect?

You may be entitled to various types of damages because of your accident. Damages can be thought of as financial compensation for the losses and injuries you’re coping with as a result of the accident. Below you’ll find some common types of damages we might pursue on your behalf:

Economic Damages

  • Medical expenses (present and future)
  • Lost wages (present and future)
  • Property damage
  • Rehabilitation costs

Non-Economic Damages

New York’s local laws and practices will play an important part in the type of damages we can pursue. We know these laws inside and out, and our resources also include a wide network of medical experts and accident reconstruction specialists. These professionals can provide additional insight as we build a powerful case in your favor.

What if I’m at Fault for My New York
Motorcycle Accident?

Even if you are partially liable for your motorcycle crash, you still may be entitled to collect damages. New York’s pure comparative negligence law is an important legal policy that offers a beneficial approach to distributing damages. Pure comparative negligence calculates the damages awarded based on the degree of fault for each party. Under this system, you can still receive compensation even if you’re at-fault. Fault will be established as a percentage for everyone who shares responsibility for the accident, and the division of damages will be based on that percentage.

For example, if your motorcycle accident results in total damages of $1,000,000, and you are found to be 20% at fault, your recoverable damages will be $800,000 ($1,000,000 – 20% = $800,000). This approach makes sure that even if you’re partially responsible for your accident, you’re not prevented from seeking the monetary compensation that is essential to your recovery. It’s critical to have an experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer handle these complicated details. The insurance companies and the other at-fault parties will do everything they can to place blame at your feet and limit your compensation. The Platta Law Firm will protect your rights and make sure your role in the accident is accurately represented and minimized as much as possible.

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident
in New York?

Seek medical attention for your injuries and get a full assessment of your injuries by a healthcare professional. You’ll also want to report the accident to the police. While it’s important to get contact information from others involved in the accident, keep conversation to a minimum. Reach out to an experienced NYC motorcycle accident lawyer to manage the specifics of your case, including conversations with responsible parties and insurance companies.

Are Most Motorcycle Accidents in New York
the Biker’s Fault?

In many cases, motorcycle crashes are due to other motorists’ failure to pay attention to their surroundings. Car and truck drivers are often careless when it comes to noticing smaller vehicles such as motorcycles.

Can Motorcycle Passengers File Separate Claims for Injuries in New York?

Yes, passengers can typically file their own claims for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Passengers are advised to consult with an attorney to determine their rights. The Platta Law Firm represents both riders and passengers in motorcycle accidents.

Should I Accept a Settlement Offer from an Insurance Company Right Away?

Insurance companies often lean toward making minimal payouts for motorcycle accident claims. Once you accept a claim, you usually cannot pursue additional compensation. It is critical to consult with a lawyer before accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company. A New York motorcycle accident lawyer will work toward getting you the maximum award.

How Long Will It Take to Resolve a Personal Injury Claim for My Motorcycle Accident?

It depends on many factors such as the complexity of your case, the extent of your injuries, determining fault of other parties, and negotiations with insurance companies. A seasoned motorcycle accident attorney can handle all of these details and more while moving your case along as quickly as possible.

The Statute of Limitations for New York
Motorcycle Accidents

You have three years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit. This is what’s called the statute of limitations. Failing to file within this timeline can result in losing your rights to pursue a claim.

Even if you’re unsure about filing a claim, we recommend that you call The Platta Law Firm as soon as possible to speak with one of our New York motorcycle accident lawyers. We’ll provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to help you determine the strength of your case. If you decide to proceed with a claim, we’ll make sure you’re aware of all important deadlines. We’ll stay on top of timely submittal of necessary documentation related to your case.

Why You Need a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer from The Platta Law Firm

At The Platta Law Firm, our mission is to maximize your compensation and minimize your stress. Beyond benefiting from our considerable legal experience, you’ll find that we will be your fierce allies at a time when you need the best possible advocates by your side.

We’ll see your case through from start to finish, and we won’t stop until we achieve the best possible outcome. We work on a contingency fee arrangement, which means you don’t pay legal fees unless we win your case. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that motorcycle accidents take on victims and their families. Let us assist you in getting back on your feet—call us day or night at (212) 514-5100 or contact us online for a free case review. Our New York motorcycle accident lawyers are standing by to help.

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