Split Lane Accidents
When a motorcyclist weaves through other vehicles to avoid sitting in traffic, the likelihood of an accident increases exponentially. Accidents caused by lane splitting can cause serious injuries to both the motorcyclist and other vehicles. As a result, individuals who have suffered an injury due to a split lane motorcycle accident may have grounds for a lawsuit against the party that caused the accident. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York motorcycle accident lawyers represent injured motorcyclists as well as other vehicle operators who suffered an injury due to a motorcycle rider's negligence. Our injury attorneys have been handling auto accident cases for over 50 years and will pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.
Have you suffered a serious injury in an accident with a motorcycle? Was the accident caused by lane splitting? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free review of your legal options, call 212.406.1700 or fill out our case review form.Can I File a Lawsuit for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Lane splitting is illegal in New York, meaning that any motorcyclist who performs this maneuver may have acted negligently. As a result, any motorist who has suffered an injury in an accident caused by a motorcyclist's weaving in and out of lanes may have grounds for a lawsuit. In order to have grounds for a lawsuit after a split lane accident, the injured motorist must be able to prove that the motorcyclist caused the accident by weaving in and out of traffic. Furthermore, the injured motorist must be able to prove that the accident caused them either economic or non-economic damages. In a motorcycle accident lawsuit, injured motorists can recover compensation for property damage, lost wages, the cost of medical bills uncovered by insurance, and pain and suffering.Does a Motorcyclist Have Grounds for a Lawsuit After Being Injured While Lane Splitting?
While lane splitting is illegal in New York, it does not prohibit a motorcyclist from receiving compensation in a lawsuit. If the accident and the subsequent injuries sustained were caused by another motorist's negligence, the injured motorcyclist may be entitled to compensation. For a motorcyclist to have a valid lawsuit after being involved in an accident that occurred while they were lane splitting, they must show they were riding carefully and that their weaving through traffic was not the cause of the accident. Motorcyclists who were injured while lane splitting may have grounds for a lawsuit if the accident was caused by any of the following:
- Roadway defects
- Another driver was under the influence
- A motorist failed to signal while changing lanes
After suffering a serious injury in an accident, motorcyclists and other motorists should seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Failure to file a lawsuit in a timely manner could result in a conflict with the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that specifies the amount of time following an incident that a victim has to file a lawsuit. When an individual fails to file a claim within the amount of time set forth in the statute of limitations, they may be forever barred from receiving the compensation they may deserve. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool we understand the time constraints imposed by the statute of limitations. As a result, we file all of our clients' claims in a timely manner so they can get the compensation that will help get their lives back on track.
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To see if you have a valid case, fill out our contact form or call 212.406.1700. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will review your claim to see how they may be able to help you.