Phil Franckel July 2017

Why Would You Need a Motorcycle Lawyer?

You’ve had a motorcycle accident. Do you need a lawyer? Does it matter if the lawyer is experienced with motorcycle accidents?

You’ll be better off when contacting a lawyer as soon as possible, even before an accident to learn what not to do. Your statements will likely be misunderstood from the moment police arrive and take your statement; EMS, nurses and doctors ask you what happened; to telephone conversations with insurance representatives who are trained to ruin your case.

Immediately after the accident, motorcyclists have to deal with the confusing issue of who will pay the medical bills. Even hospitals, doctors and lawyers often get this wrong. When the wrong insurance company is billed you can become responsible for the medical bills.

Motorcyclists do not get No-Fault insurance which pays for medical bills and lost wages in a car accident. If you don’t have health insurance coverage, you won’t be able to find doctors to treat you. You’ll need a motorcycle lawyer who can get doctors to treat you on a lien (when the doctor agrees to get paid at the end of your case). Although the money to pay the medical bills comes out of your settlement, it increases your settlement by the same amount because the defendant is responsible to pay you that money.

A motorcycle lawyer who deals with this regularly, has the ability to get the medical treatment you’ll need such as orthopedic surgery, therapy, plastic surgery and dental treatment without you having to pay for it up front.


To receive money for pain-and-suffering, motorcyclists are not required to have a serious injury which is required for the occupant of a car. This is an important benefit to motorcyclists. Lawyers who are not experienced with motorcycle accidents are often unaware of this.

Determining and proving liability (who’s at fault) in a motorcycle accident is different than a car accident. There are some laws which provide a benefit to motorcyclists and help prove the driver of the car was at fault.

Motorcycle accidents are almost always caused because the driver didn’t see the motorcycle. Understanding why the driver didn’t see you helps to prove the driver is at fault for causing your motorcycle accident. Understanding other aspects such as why a motorcycle cannot stop as fast as a car is also important to prove the driver is at fault.

Very few personal injury lawyers are experienced with motorcycle accidents. If you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, call one of the experienced motorcycle lawyers who advertise every month in Full Throttle NY/NE Magazine.

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Philip L. Franckel Esq. and Rob Plevy, Esq. are attorneys with FRANCKEL & PLEVY, LLP representing people hurt in motorcycle and other accidents.  Disclaimer: This article should be considered advertising to represent people HURT in an accident; is for informational purposes and should not be relied upon because it could contain errors; the correct information may be different for your set of facts even though they seem similar; and is not legal advice which should only be obtained by contacting Phil Franckel, Esq. or Rob Plevy, Esq. for a free consultation to discuss your specific circumstances at 1-800-HURT-911.

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