716-500-5678 FREE CONSULTATION

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN BUFFALO, NY

When motorcycle crashes occur, the consequences can be catastrophic, even deadly. According to data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, around 4,700 motorcycle crashes are reported in the state each year – with nearly 85 percent of those collisions resulting in at least one injury.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys advocate for the rights of injured victims and their family members, and represent them at sometimes difficult odds against insurance companies. If you or your loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, we can help you obtain justice and financial recovery. For a free, initial consultation with a top-rated Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyer, please contact our law office today.

image to people shaking hands - click to play video play video icon - click to play video

“He is a miracle worker. He found someone who knew my Dad who had passed away over 50 years ago. No easy feat. He works very, very hard for his clients. Knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend him”

Colette M.

Understanding New York’s No Fault Insurance Regulations

New York maintains expansive no-fault regulations, which require that drivers of motor vehicles maintain no-fault insurance, and bars such drivers from filing a claim against an at-fault party for compensation unless they have suffered severe injuries.

However, it is important to note that statutory language in New York explicitly states that motorcycles are not defined as motor vehicles; as such, a motorcyclist is not covered under no-fault laws, and does not need to meet the serious injury threshold in order to pursue a claim against another driver. Rather than carrying no-fault coverage, motorcyclists are required to maintain liability insurance coverage to pay for damages to others in crashes that they cause. If another party is to blame, then the motorcyclist maintains the right to file a claim directly against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.

Under New York law, motorcycle accident victims can step outside of the no-fault insurance system and file a lawsuit directly against the responsible driver, regardless of whether or not their injuries are severe. Severe injuries are likely, as, unfortunately, motorcyclists are inherently exposed and are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in a collision.

However, it is important to note that statutory language in New York explicitly states that motorcycles are not defined as motor vehicles; as such, a motorcyclist is not covered under no-fault laws, and does not need to meet the serious injury threshold in order to pursue a claim against another driver. Rather than carrying no-fault coverage, motorcyclists are required to maintain liability insurance coverage to pay for damages to others in crashes that they cause. If another party is to blame, then the motorcyclist maintains the right to file a claim directly against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.

Under New York law, motorcycle accident victims can step outside of the no-fault insurance system and file a lawsuit directly against the responsible driver, regardless of whether or not their injuries are severe. Severe injuries are likely, as, unfortunately, motorcyclists are inherently exposed and are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in a collision.

Both Keith and John were named to the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in New York by The National Trial Lawyers.

John was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in New York by The National Trial Lawyers three consecutive years in a row.

John and Keith were both selected as Upstate New York Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication.

$100M Settlements

Keith has been involved in trial verdicts totaling in excess of $17 million and settlements valued at more than $100 million on behalf of his clients.

United States Marine Corps & Police Officer

Keith has served in the United States Marine Corps and worked as a police officer for the City of Buffalo, where respect and honor are two of the foremost values.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Through a motorcycle accident claim, injured victims can recover compensation for the complete value of their damages. Unfortunately, this is often challenging – insurance companies are aggressive in handling these cases. Typically, they will try to quickly resolve the matter for the lowest amount possible.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo, NY motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to helping our clients obtain full and fair compensation for:

  • Ambulance fees and emergency room care
  • Medical bills and related costs
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent physical impairments
  • Loss of life enjoyment
  • Wrongful death damages

REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION

Buffalo Motorcycle Accident FAQs

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Motorcycle Accident in New York?

Under New York law (N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214), motorcycle accident claims are governed by a three-year statute of limitations. If you fail to file your injury claim before the deadline expires, you could be prevented from bringing one at all.

Can I Still Bring a Personal Injury Claim If I Wasn’t Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet?

New York law requires motorcyclists to wear safety helmets. If you get into a crash while not wearing a helmet, you still have the right to bring a motorcycle accident injury claim. However, under New York’s comparative fault law, your compensation might be reduced.

Can a Motorcycle Manufacturer Be Held Liable for a Crash?

Motorcycle manufacturers and motorcycle parts makers can be held liable for a crash that was caused by or made worse by their negligence. If you believe that a problem with your motorcycle contributed to your accident, contact an experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident attorney right away.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to providing high quality, fully personalized legal representation to injured victims. If you or your family member was injured in a motorcycle crash, we can help. Call us now for a free initial case review. From our Buffalo law office, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Genesee County, and Cattaraugus County.

Google Map of Richmon and Vona Location