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Rochester, NY Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Riding a motorcycle in the Rochester area is a uniquely beautiful way to see the natural wonders of our region – from Lake Ontario to the Finger Lakes. Taking your motorcycle out for a ride on a warm summer night can be one of life’s simple pleasures. 

Unfortunately, motorcyclists face a much higher level of potential danger on the road than those traveling by car. Fatal motorcycle crashes are rising in upstate New York; even minor accidents can cause severe injuries to riders and passengers due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers compared to a vehicle.

Causes of Motorcycle Collisions and Fault

Many motorcycle accidents follow a similar pattern: a vehicle inattentively switches lanes or cuts in front of a motorcycle, forcing the motorcycle off the road or into the path of another vehicle. Other factors which also lead to motorcycle accidents include: heavy traffic; severe weather; poor road conditions; not to mention construction diversions and other obstacles. The winding, narrow roads of Upstate New York can be beautiful — but for motorcyclists, they can also be deadly due to inattentive or distracted drivers.

Determining fault in a motorcycle collision is often complicated. As with all crashes, a vehicle driver and a motorcyclist often have conflicting recollections of what may have occurred, and insurance companies routinely blame the victim. 

We always conduct a diligent and thorough investigation. This may include locating and interviewing independent witnesses, obtaining video or images from traffic and security cameras, examining your bike, and consulting with accident reconstruction and traffic experts. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, we will help uncover the whole story and recover what you deserve.

Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle riders involved in accidents frequently suffer life-altering and catastrophic injuries and medical bills, lost wages and other costs can add up quickly. 

Unfortunately, motorcycle operators and passengers do not have No-Fault insurance benefits like motor vehicle accident victims in New York. In addition to the negligent driver that caused the accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation from other drivers, private property owners, or third-party defendants who contributed to causing the dangerous roadway condition that resulted in your accident. 

Our experienced and compassionate personal injury team at Kammholz Law will work with you to identify all the potential sources of compensation, diligently build a strong case, and help you get your life back on track as quickly as possible.

Don’t Ride Alone: A Lawyer is Your Advocate

The insurance company for the individual that caused the motorcycle accident may try to contact the accident victim immediately after the accident and make some sort of offer. Many people injured in motorcycle accidents will have significantly larger claims than they realize. A successful personal injury case must result in more than reimbursement of your out-of-pocket costs. It should offer compensation for your pain and suffering too. 

That’s where Kammholz Law comes in. We are based in Rochester and serve the surrounding communities with nearly 35 years of experience providing you with personalized representation. We have a proven record of recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, vocational rehabilitation, long-term care costs, and other damages suffered. We have the knowledge and experience to diligently investigate motorcycle accident cases, honestly evaluate the full and fair value of your claim, and are dedicated to recovering the compensation you deserve.

Statute of Limitations on a Motorcycle Accident Claim

It is in your best interest to immediately start the investigation into whether you have a valid personal injury claim after an accident.

In addition, there are time limits called “statutes of limitations” on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York. You must bring a formal lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires or you will be forever barred from doing so.

The statute of limitations for your claim depends on who hit you – a private vehicle or State/Municipal vehicle. The statute of limitations can be as short as one (1) year from the date of the accident or as long as three (3) years from the date of accident. You may also be required to file a “Notice of Claim” with the municipality within ninety (90) days of the incident.

Contact Kammholz Law to determine whether you have a claim and the applicable statute of limitations. We are here to help!

At Kammholz Law you’re not a case number, you’re a highly valued client, seeking financial, and oftentimes, emotional recovery from the serious injuries you have suffered. That’s why we believe it’s important to work directly with the firm’s partner – the person whose name is on the door – who will deliver advice and counsel, and, most importantly care, and concern.

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Paying For Your Personal Injury Case

We Get Paid Only When You Get Paid

There’s no cost to find out whether you have a case. There is also no upfront costs to pursue a case, should you have one. If there is a successful outcome, we receive our costs and a percentage of what you receive called a contingency fee. In New York, the contingency fee for negligence cases, such as a motorcycle accident, is one-third (33.3%) of the total damages paid. Percentage is calculated on the net amount after expenses and disbursements are deducted.