Motorcycle accidents often result in very severe injuries, or even death. Some 80,000 people are injured, of whom 4,000 die each year in motorcycle accidents. These numbers will continue to rise over time with the increasing popularity of motorcycles. Approximately one-half of all motorcycle accidents that result in a fatality involve a collision with another vehicle.
Where the driver and/or the passenger of a motorcycle are injured or killed in a collision, NYS Insurance Law does not provide no-fault benefits to such people. This means that these injured accident victims are not automatically entitled to payments for related medical bills and loss of earnings. Unlike other automobile accident victims, motorcycle accident victims are generally required to seek reimbursement for medical bills and all loss of earnings as part of a lawsuit. In exchange, however, motorcycle accident victims (drivers and passengers) are not required to prove that their injuries rise to the level of a "serious injury," as defined by New York State Insurance Law section 5102-d, in order to receive compensation for pain and suffering.
Jason Shapiro, founder of Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC, discusses in his textbook, The Lawyers' Guide to Personal Injury Law, the many facets involved in properly handling motor cycle accident cases. Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has shown its level of expertise in this field by obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries for clients injured as a result of motorcycle accidents.