Given their smaller size and susceptibility to road hazards, riding a motorcycle is risky business. According to recent studies, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than car occupants to die in a crash—and five times more likely to be injured. With no seat belts, no airbags, and no barrier between the rider and the road, accident injuries tend to be severe. They can range from disabling leg and arm fractures to spinal cord injury and brain damage.
Most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the operator. If you’ve been seriously hurt in a crash, the lawyers at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP may be able to help you recover money to compensate for the personal injury and hardships you’ve endured. Contact us today.
Get 35+ Years of Experience On Your Side
Attorneys Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen, our firm’s founding partners, have been successfully representing motorcycle accident victims for more than 40 years. Shana and Michael are nationally recognized experts who are called upon frequently to comment on legal issues, particularly traumatic brain injury. Their insights have been featured in noted news outlets such as the New York Law Journal and CBS News. Michael served as Chair of the Vehicle Accident and Highway Liability Section of the American Association for Justice. Shana serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. Both are recognized by their peers for their knowledge and experience.
At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, it’s not just our skills that set us apart. Our attorneys are uniquely dedicated to holding negligent car and truck drivers responsible for their actions. This not only benefits accident victims; it helps keep New York streets safer for all motorcyclists.
The Motorcycle Crash Cases We Handle
A frequent cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of car and truck drivers to detect and avoid motorcycles in traffic. In many cases, these drivers—focused on the presence of other passenger vehicles—may not see a motorcyclist or fail to yield the right-of-way. The attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP represent people who have been injured in a variety of accident scenarios, including:
- Rear-end collisions resulting from sudden stops by cars or trucks.
- Single-bike accidents caused by road hazards (e.g. gravel, construction, potholes).
- A car fails to see the motorcyclist and makes a turn in front of them.
- A car changes lanes suddenly and blocks the path of a motorcyclist.
- A car or truck driver is speeding or operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Our Focus is Building You an Airtight Case
The preparation of your case begins with a comprehensive investigation of the accident that caused your injuries. Our goal is to find out how the motorcycle crash happened and whether it could have been prevented. This may involve the following steps:
- Working with accident reconstruction professionals
- Reviewing any traffic camera footage that’s available
- Interviewing bystanders and other witnesses
- Reviewing your medical records and consulting with your treating physician(s)
- Examining cell phone records to determine if the other drivers were texting or talking on the phone when the accident occurred
We seek compensation on your behalf for your pain and suffering, present and future loss of wages, hospital and doctor bills, rehabilitation costs, and even emotional stress.
Personal Attention From a Firm Partner
To ensure you receive individualized attention, our attorneys take on a limited number of cases. You work and communicate directly with Shana or Michael, not a middleman who screens their calls.
If We Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP lawyers provide representation on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front charges to you. We receive legal fees only when Shana or Michael obtains a favorable motorcycle accident settlement or verdict for you.
Areas We Serve
Our motorcycle accident lawyers serve the entire State of New York including New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. We also serve Nassau and Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester Counties, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and surrounding areas.
Reach Out to Us Today at 1 (866) 272-4652
If you or a family member is the victim of a motorcycle crash, contact De Caro & Kaplen, LLP today to learn how our qualified attorneys can help.