Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Team of Lawyers and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Battle to Obtain the Best Results for People Injured in Motorcycle Accidents in Western New York
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5,286 people in the United States died in motorcycle accidents in 2016. The number of motorcycle fatalities has risen in recent years.
In addition, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported that in 2014 over 85% of all motorcycle crashes in New York resulted in personal injuries.
If you, or your loved one, were injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top-rated team of Buffalo, New York motorcycle accident lawyers have settled $150,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients. They will battle to obtain the best possible result for YOU!Proven Results for People Injured in Motorcycle Accidents
Jed Dietrich, Esq. obtained a $750,000.00 settlement for a 52-year-old man who was injured in a motorcycle accident after a vehicle failed to yield the right-of-way and crashed into him. The man suffered two right ankle fractures, two left hand fractures, peripheral vascular disease and deep venous thrombosis. He also required four complex surgeries as a result of the accident.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. fought to obtain compensation for his client by:
- Taking three depositions of witnesses, including the motorcyclist, his wife and the defendant driver;
- Hiring an expert in the field of economics to calculate and testify to the injured motorcyclist’s future economic damages including lost wages and future medical treatment expenses;
- Hiring an expert in the field of vocational rehabilitation to examine and testify to the injured motorcyclist’s disability status and potential for re-entering into the workforce; and
- Consulting with experts in the field of orthopedic surgery regarding the injured motorcyclist’s marked disability to his left upper extremity and right lower extremity.
Additionally, Jed Dietrich, Esq. represented several other injured motorcyclists in Buffalo, New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. fought to recover:
- A $125,000.00 settlement for a 48-year-old man who suffered a rotator cuff tear after he laid down his motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision with a vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way;
- A $100,000.00 settlement for a 44-year-old man who suffered left arm and right foot fractures after he collided with a vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way;
- A $100,000.00 settlement for a 59-year-old man who required a left leg amputation after a vehicle turned into the rear end of his motorcycle and caused him to lose control, go into a skid and he was ejected from the motorcycle; and
- A $100,000.00 settlement for a 67-year-old man who suffered a right clavicle fracture, a right fourth rib fracture and required rotator cuff surgery after a collision with a vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way, causing him to be thrown from his motorcycle.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of trial lawyers fight hard to obtain the best results for people who were injured in motorcycle accidents in Buffalo, New York. Call the Buffalo, New York motorcycle accident lawyers of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately for your free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (716) 839-3939. We will come to you and there is never a fee until we WIN for you.What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Often, motorcycle accidents result from the actions of a negligent motor vehicle driver. That is, the driver failed to operate the motor vehicle as a reasonably prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. Although a motor vehicle driver may quickly check his or her rear and sideview mirrors for other vehicles, motorcycles are much smaller and can be overlooked if the driver is not careful.
Examples of negligent conduct that often contributes to motorcycle accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way;
- Failure to keep a proper lookout, especially when changing lanes or merging;
- Failure to follow traffic control devices, including red lights and stop signs;
- Following too closely;
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving;
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
If you, or a loved one, suffered an injury after a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top-rated motorcycle accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York at (716) 839-3939 for a free consultation.Exception to the No-Fault “Serious Injury” Requirement
Generally, in order to obtain compensation for bodily injuries following a motor vehicle accident in New York State, an individual must have sustained a “serious injury” as defined by Article 51 of the New York State Insurance Law. Information regarding the “serious injury” threshold can be found here.
However, motorcycles are not considered to be motor vehicles under the New York State Insurance Laws and are not offered the benefits of No-Fault insurance due to the dangerous nature of motorcycling and the high risk of injury or death following an accident. As such, the serious injury requirement does not apply.
This means that you may be eligible for compensation for any injuries that you sustain after a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of aggressive, tenacious and hardworking motorcycle accident lawyers at (716) 839-3939 immediately for a free consultation. We are available to help you.New York Motorcycle Helmet Requirements
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles recommends that motorcyclists wear an approved helmet, face or eye protection and protective clothing to better their chances of avoiding serious injury in the event of a crash.
New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 381 requires that all motorcyclists and passengers must wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet. This “universal helmet law” was enacted to increase the use of helmets amongst motorcyclists because of its effectiveness at preventing head and neck injuries.
The failure to wear a helmet in New York could result in a traffic ticket and may also have negative consequences on an individual’s ability to recover compensation for personal injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Even if someone else’s negligence was the sole cause of a motorcycle accident, if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and suffered a brain, head or neck injury, the defendant will likely argue that the motorcyclist was partly to blame for these injuries. This legal theory, known as comparative negligence, means that the motorcyclist’s overall compensation may be reduced by their own percentage of negligence if failing to wear a helmet contributed to their injuries.
For example, take the scenario of a motorcyclist who was hit by a car while he was not wearing a helmet and suffered a head injury as a result. If a jury awarded the motorcyclist a $100,000.00 verdict, but also found him to be 40% at fault for his injuries due to his failure to wear a helmet, he would only receive 60% of the award, $60,000.00, as compensation.
If you, or a loved one, were injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. NOW at (716) 839-3939 so that we can help you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top-rated Buffalo, New York motorcycle accident lawyers are always fighting to obtain the best result for you.
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!