Does New York’s no-fault insurance apply to motorcycle accidents?
When it comes to New York no-fault insurance and motorcycle accidents, the law is a 2-way street. On one hand, no-fault insurance will not cover the motorcyclist after a motorcycle accident in New York. On the other hand, no-fault insurance will cover a pedestrian who is hit by a motorcycle. What a motorcyclist may do; however, is pursue a claim against a negligent driver.
Claiming Compensation as a Motorcyclist
While no-fault insurance will not cover motorcyclists after a motorcycle accident in New York, motorcyclists may be eligible for compensation if:
• they can prove that the accident was the result of another driver’s negligence; and
• they can prove that they suffered damages as a result of the negligence.
Therefore, after a motorcycle accident in New York, a motorcyclist should:
• file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver;
• gather evidence in the case, such as photographs of the accident scene and names and contact information of any witnesses;
• keep detailed records of any medical attention received; and
• contact a New York personal injury lawyer who may investigate the case and estimate the value of a claim.
Once these steps have been taken after a motorcycle accident in New York, a motorcyclist may be offered a settlement. In this process, the New York personal injury lawyer may attempt to negotiate. If an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, the motorcyclist may pursue damages in a formal court of law.
Contacting a New York Personal Injury Lawyer
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