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New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in NYC?

The Orlow Firm has been aggressively defending the rights of injured motorcyclists since 1981. Our experienced NYC personal injury attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and determine the best path forward to make sure you’re fairly compensated for your injury claims.

The Orlow Firm will help you;

  1. Prove the other party was liable for the crash.
  2. Fully assess all damages related to your accident including damage to your motor vehicle, medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages and quality of life.
  3. Deal directly with the involved insurance company and seek maximum compensation.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash it’s important you contact an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney who (a) has and will use the necessary resources to get you the maximum amount of compensation and (b) is experienced and knows the tactics that insurance companies use to try and lower your settlement amount. The Orlow Firm has obtained the following results for our clients:

  • $650,000 – For a passenger on a motorcycle that was struck by a car. She suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured jaw that required surgery.
  • $225,000 for someone who was struck by rollerblader. He fractured his collarbone which required surgery to repair.
  • $997,997 for a driver who was hit head on by a truck. He injured his back which required surgery.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in New York City, consult with our experience attorneys to find out what financial compensation you may be entitled to. Give us a call today at 646-647-3398 for a free case evaluation.

Call The Orlow Firm today for your free consultation at 646-647-3398!

How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?

It’s very rare that two motorcycle crashes will have the exact same amount of compensation. While you may be looking to find out an exact number or a rough ball park of what your case may settle for, the bottom line is no attorney can tell you without knowing the basics of your case. Here are the major considerations to find out how much your motorcycle accident case may settle for:

  1. Who was at fault?
    If you were speeding, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving recklessly it can make it difficult to seek maximum compensation. Even if one of these factors were at play in motorcycle crashes it is still imperative you seek an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Do not write off your case without consulting an attorney first. If necessary, The Orlow Firm works closely with accident reconstruction experts that can help prove you weren’t at fault for your accident.
  2. What is the severity of your injuries and their long term effects?
    Minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises are seen differently than serious injury such as traumatic brain injuries or wrongful death claims. While any injury is worthy of a free consultation with an experienced nyc motorcycle accident attorney, the more severe your injuries are the greater the compensation may be.
  3. What are the costs associated with your injuries?
    Medical bills and the required medical treatment can be a significant contributing factor in your settlement but there are also other costs associated with motorcycle crashes. For example, if you’re no longer able to continue in your current career due to injuries sustained in the accident, this may increase the amount of your settlement.
  4. What is the insurance policy of the other party? What is your own motorcycle insurance coverage?
    Each driver in New York City (and the rest of New York state) are required to carry minimum insurance as follows:
    • $25,000 in bodily injury coverage.
    • $50,000 in total bodily injury coverage for accidents where multiple people are injured.
    • $50,000 in death coverage.
    • $100,000 in death coverage for accidents with multiple fatalities.
    • $10,000 in property damage coverage.

    In cases where they apply, the above minimums can limit the maximum amount of compensation you can seek. An experienced lawyer will exhaust all options of determining liability and seek as much compensation as possible for you even if the other driver’s insurance policy is limited.

Between the tactics that insurance companies use, assessing the full cost associated with your injuries, and determining liability – it’s important you have an experienced attorney handle your case. Contact The Orlow Firm today to get max compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries at 646-647-3398.

What are the biggest mistakes you can make after a motorcycle accident in New York?

New York Motorcycle Accident MistakesInsurance companies know how to try and lower the amount that they need to pay out and they take advantage of motorcycle accident victims knowing that they don’t know the process. Some of the things an insurance company might do include:

  1. They’ll ask you to sign a document stating your injuries shortly after the accident. The problem with this is that some of your injuries might not be apparent until weeks or even months after the accident. If you sign the document or state your injuries, the insurance company might claim that you sustained the injuries after the accident.
  2. The insurance company might offer you a low ball deal before you’ve contacted an attorney hoping that you’ll quickly accept it before you realize all of your options. Do not accept this offer, their first offer is often their lowest offer. Consult with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer first.
  3. Hiring an attorney without experience in dealing with motorcycle accident injuries. An attorney who mostly deals with divorce law or criminal law or any other type of law won’t know the ins and outs of motorcycle accident cases.

Our NYC personal injury attorneys know how to deal with the insurance companies and make sure you get the maximum compensation for your case.

Contact The Orlow Firm today for your free case evaluation at 646-647-3398.

Should you file a lawsuit after your motorcycle accident?

New York Motorcycle Accident ImageIn most motorcycle accident cases a lawsuit isn’t necessary. Insurance companies realize they have a responsibility to pay the victims of motorcycle accidents adequately and therefore the cases typically settle out of court. In the rare circumstances where an insurance company is refusing to compensate a client of ours adequately, we will file a lawsuit.

Part of being able to negotiate strongly with an insurance company is for them to know that we are prepared to litigate if they try to low ball your claim. The chances of litigation do greatly increase when there is more serious injury including traumatic brain injury.

If you’ve been injured in accident, contact our experienced New York city motorcycle accident lawyers to discuss the best route in getting max compensation for your injuries.

Contact The Orlow Firm today at 646-647-3398 for a no obligation case evaluation.

What can you be compensated for in a motorcycle accident in New York?

Determining what you can be compensated for after a motorcycle accident is something an experienced personal injury attorney can help you with. Some of the most common compensation claims would include:

  • Medical expenses (including future medical expenses);
  • Repair bills;
  • Lost wages;
  • Inability to earn future income;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Physical therapy;
  • And more

Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will help you by assessing all of the damages and assigning a dollar value to them so when we negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company you’re fairly and adequately compensated for all related costs.

Contact The Orlow Firm today, our personal injury lawyers provide no obligation case evaluations: 646-647-3398.

How long do you have after a motorcycle accident to file a claim in New York?

You have 30 days from the date of the accident to file a No-Fault claim with the insurance carrier of the motorcycle you were riding. You have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the other vehicle that hit you after a motorcycle crash in New York.

There are exceptions including:

  • If the person involved in the accident was a child they have three years from the date they turned 18 in order to file a claim against the vehicle that hit them.
  • If the vehicle involved in the accident was a municipal vehicle (NYPD car, MTA bus, etc) then you only have 90 days to file. (There are special proceedings which can allow up to a year and 90 days.)
  • In the event of a death, you have 2 years to file a wrongful death claim as per N.Y. E.P.T.L. § 5-4.1.

At The Orlow Firm we always encourage you to contact us regardless of the circumstances of your case. There are many exceptions and fine print to the laws that only an experienced motorbike accident attorney can help you navigate. We offer a free consultation where you can speak directly to an attorney to determine all of your options.

Contact The Orlow Firm today for a free, no obligation case evaluation: 646-647-3398.

Why should you hire The Orlow Firm?

When considering which law firm to work with you should take the following into consideration:

  1. Who will be handling your case?
    A lot of personal injury claims are handled by large law firms that are staffed by scores of paralegals who do all the work on your case. Insurance companies know when they’re dealing with a lawyer and when they’re dealing with someone underqualified. If you want the max compensation, make sure a lawyer will be handling your case as much as possible. At The Orlow Firm, you’ll always have an experienced and qualified lawyer handling your case.
  2. Will you have direct access to your attorney?
    The fact of the matter is that complicated motorcycle accident cases can take a while before they’re resolved. In the meantime, you don’t want to be dealing with anyone who isn’t the lawyer working on the case. At The Orlow Firm, a partner will handle your case and you’ll be able to speak to your lawyer any time you’d like for an update.
  3. Is the law firm prepared to litigate if necessary?
    Most motorcycle accidents don’t end in lawsuits, rather they’re resolved through negotiation with the insurance company. However, if the law firm you’re working with has never litigated a case the insurance company can see that as an unwillingness to do so and thus make low ball offers. Make sure the attorney you work with is prepared to litigate and has the resources to do so if necessary. At The Orlow Firm, we are always prepared to seek the max compensation for our clients including via litigation.
  4. Does the attorney have experience with motorcycle accident claims?
    If you needed life saving heart surgery, would you want to do it yourself? Would you want your family doctor to do it? Or would you want a qualified and experienced heart surgeon to perform the surgery? Most people would agree that a heart surgeon would be the only option. A motorcycle accident lawyer is no different. Knowing how to navigate the claim process can be the difference between a low ball offer and getting max compensation. At The Orlow Firm we’ve been aggressively defending motorcycle accident victims since 1981.

New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney


When you work with The Orlow Firm you’re working with a law firm that has the resources to get your claim resolved fairly and adequately. At the same time, The Orlow Firm is a father & sons firm that gives each case individualized attention. In other words, we have the resources of the large law firms but you won’t feel like just another case with us.

Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys offer free case evaluations, call us now: 646-647-3398.



What should you do after a motorcycle accident?

The first steps you take after a motorcycle accident can be very important.

  1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately
    Above all else, the first you should do is to seek medical treatment for any and all injuries. This is both vital to your health, but also having a medical record that reflects the injuries you sustained can help your case. For example, if you hurt your back but don’t go to the hospital and then the pain increases in the future, the insurance company can claim that the injury might have been sustained after the accident. If you go to the hospital and have them document all of your injuries, it prevents the insurance companies from claiming the injuries are unrelated to the accident.
  2. Collect Evidence/Facts About the Accident & Injuries
    It’s important to make note of relevant facts by writing them down. It’s only natural that memories fade over time. You might remember every little detail right now, but in 6 months or a year those memories can fade. Having even slightly different versions of your accident can be used against your case. To avoid this, write everything down and collect any supporting evidence to keep your recollection of the motorcycle accident fresh on your mind throughout the process.
  3. Contact An Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
    Speaking with your insurance company about a settlement before contacting a lawyer can work against your case. Your lawyer will know exactly how to handle matters, when to file the paperwork, and how to deal with the insurance company. Making statements or entering into negotiations before having a lawyer on your side can weaken your claim.

If you’re an injured motorcyclist, contact The Orlow Firm today to get a free, no obligation case evaluation. Our lawyers are very experienced with motorcycle injury cases and can help you navigate the process while making sure you get fair compensation. Our law firm has helped motorcycle crash victims with serious physical injuries including catastrophic injuries to get the fair compensation that they deserve.

Contact The Orlow Firm now to get your free, no obligation case evaluation and discuss your options at 646-647-3398.

How do you prove the other party was liable for your motorcycle accident?

There’s an inherent bias against motorcyclists in the general public. Many people falsely believe when motorcycle riders are involved in an accident that they are the ones who are liable. Insurance companies have every incentive to find you at fault before paying out on your claim, so it’s only natural to expect them to investigate all the ways you might have contributed to the accident.

Some of the things that the insurance companies might try to prove contributed include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (Drunk driving);
  • Speeding;
  • Tailgating;
  • Texting or using a mobile device while driving (Distracted drivers);
  • Changing lanes without checking blind spots;
  • Making left turns without looking for other vehicles; and
  • Failing to adjust performance to the weather or road conditions.

In order to defend your case aggressively, a competent attorney will use the following:

  • The results of chemical tests conducted after the crash;
  • Eyewitness statements;
  • CCTV footage of the accident;
  • Photographs of the accident scene;
  • Cell phone records;
  • Dash cam and surveillance footage; and
  • The police report.

In some cases your attorney will also retain an accident reconstruction expert to describe the scene of the motorcycle collision to further prove liability. At The Orlow Firm we work with a team of experts and have the resources and experience to make sure you get adequate compensation for your serious injuries.

Contact The Orlow Firm’s legal team today and we will help you prove liability in your NYC motorcycle accident cases: 646-647-3398.

What types of injuries are common in motorcycle accidents?

New York Motorcycle Accident InjuriesUnfortunately due to the nature of motorcycles, motorcycle accidents can cause more serious injuries than typical car accidents. Some of these injuries include:

It’s important to remember that some severe injuries may not be apparent immediately after the motorcycle crash but you should still seek medical attention. Once you’ve gotten medical attention, you should contact an experienced NYC motorcycle accident lawyer. At The Orlow Firm, we have been handling personal injury law since 1981 and have a long history of getting our clients fair and adequate compensation.

Contact The Orlow Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation: 646-647-3398.

What types of motorcycle accidents are the most common in New York?

The most common types of motorcycle accidents in New York City are:

  • Rear ended;
  • While changing lanes;
  • Blind corners;
  • Locked front brake;
  • Texting and driving;
  • Hazardous road conditions;
  • T-Bones;
  • And more.

Regardless of the type of accident you were in, contact The Orlow Firm today for full and proper representation in your New York City motorcycle accident case.

Contact The Orlow Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation: 646-647-3398

What are the laws in New York for motorcycle accidents?

In order for a motorcyclist to be considered street legal they must abide by the following:

  • Must have a Class M or Class MJ (junior operator) license.
  • Must be properly register annually in the State of New York. Registrations expire on April 30th of every year.
  • Helmets must be worn by all riders including passengers and the helmets must be U.S. DOT-approved motorcycle helmets.
  • Motorcycles are required to be inspected by an approved technician every 12 months.
  • Motorcycles must meet minimum insurance requirements as follows:
    – $25,000 for bodily injury per person, per accident;
    – $50,000 for total bodily injury per accident;
    – and $10,000 per accident for property damage.

How much does it cost to hire The Orlow Firm?

Unlike divorce or criminal lawyers, New York personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means it doesn’t cost you anything out of pocket to have a lawyer handle your NYC motorcycle accident claim. Your lawyer only gets paid if they successfully resolve your case and get you the compensation that you deserve. You do not need to worry about being able to afford adequate representation during your claim, there are no upfront costs and any expenses incurred to litigate your case are covered by your lawyer.

If you’ve been injured in an NYC motorcycle accident, contact The Orlow Firm today: 646-647-3398.

Contact The Orlow Firm Today

Our legal team of personal injury lawyers have been helping injured clients since 1981. Our lawyers have the experience necessary when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at The Orlow Firm today by calling 646-647-3398 and get your free, no obligation case evaluation.