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Navigating the bustling streets of New York on a motorcycle offers a unique blend of freedom and efficiency. Our firm boasts experienced motorcycle accident attorneys who are well-versed in the complexities faced by motorcycle riders in New York City, including the heightened risk of serious injury and the intricacies of local traffic laws. However, the aftermath of a motorcycle crash in New York can be devastating, leaving riders with severe injuries and overwhelming financial burdens. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our dedicated New York City motorcycle accident lawyers understand the profound impact these accidents can have on your life. We are committed to advocating for your rights and securing the financial compensation you deserve for the hardships you’ve endured.

Understanding New York Motorcycle Accident Claims

New York’s roads pose unique challenges for motorcyclists, and when accidents occur, the path to recovery can be complex and fraught with legal hurdles. Our state’s laws, including the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, play a critical role in the process of seeking justice and compensation for your motorcycle accident case. As seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys in New York City, we navigate these legal landscapes with precision, focusing on key aspects such as case investigation—including the crucial role of medical records in building a strong claim for recovering compensation—insurance claims, negotiation, and, if necessary, litigation to ensure you receive fair treatment and compensation.

Why Choose a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb in New York City

Choosing Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb means partnering with a legal team that stands apart in the crowded landscape of New York legal representation. Our unwavering dedication to our clients since 1996 highlights our commitment to justice and ethical practice. With a track record of success in both the courtroom and at the negotiation table, our team is equipped to manage every aspect of your claim, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we handle the legal complexities.

Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents in New York City

Motorcycle accidents in New York stem from a variety of causes, with distracted driving, speeding, and failing to yield being among the most prevalent. Understanding these root causes is essential in constructing robust personal injury cases for our clients. Moreover, the repercussions of these accidents can be severe, often resulting in common motorcycle accident injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and serious injuries like long-term or permanent disability, road rash, nerve damage, and other severe impacts that motorcyclists are more likely to suffer due to their minimal protection. This underscores the critical need for legal representation adept at addressing the unique challenges faced by motorcyclists, especially when navigating the complexities of compensation for motorcycle accident injuries. Our team at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is dedicated to guiding you through these complexities, ensuring you receive the comprehensive support and advocacy necessary to navigate the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.

Navigating New York’s Motorcycle Laws and Insurance Requirements

New York’s motorcycle laws and no-fault insurance system add layers of complexity to accident claims, especially in motorcycle accident cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a variety of motorcycle-related accident cases, including those involving negligent drivers and defective motorbike parts, with a deep understanding of New York’s specific motorcycle laws and insurance requirements. Understanding these regulations is crucial for any motorcycle rider. Our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of New York motorcycle legislation, from helmet and eye protection requirements to insurance coverage specifics, ensuring that our clients are fully informed and adequately protected.

Securing Compensation After a New York Motorcycle Accident

Victims of motorcycle accidents are entitled to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages through a personal injury claim. This encompasses medical treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In New York, the pursuit of these damages through a personal injury claim is unaffected by caps, allowing for full recovery based on the extent of your losses and suffering. Our firm is committed to achieving the maximum compensation possible for each client through their personal injury claim, reflecting the severity of their injuries and the impact on their lives.

The Importance of Acting Swiftly: New York’s Statute of Limitations

The time frame for filing a motorcycle accident claim in New York is strictly limited. Understanding and adhering to these deadlines is vital to preserve your right to compensation. Our attorneys provide timely advice and action to ensure that all necessary steps are taken well within legal time limits, safeguarding your interests throughout the legal process.
In conclusion, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in New York, choosing the right legal representation is paramount. With Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, you gain a partner committed to securing the compensation and support you need to move forward. Contact us today at 800-PAIN-LAW to schedule a free consultation and learn how our New York City motorcycle accident lawyers can help you navigate the road to recovery.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

arien machicotearien machicote
20:55 17 Jul 24
I must say I am extremely happy and amazed at the incredible work at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb they were always available if I had any questions and they were always answered with very professionallyJason Steinberg is a great lawyer and I will always highly suggest this law firm and team to anyone out their. Thank you again to everyone at this incredible Firm!!!
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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New York Motorcycle Accident Cases

Long-Term or Permanent Disability

Long-term or permanent disabilities resulting from motorcycle accidents can transform every aspect of a victim’s life, from daily routines to future aspirations. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the profound implications of such injuries, and our New York motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to securing the comprehensive support and compensation our clients need to navigate these life-altering changes.

Our commitment extends beyond immediate legal representation; we aim to ensure that every client receives the necessary resources for rehabilitation, adaptive technologies, and long-term care. Recognizing the challenges of living with a permanent disability, we fight tirelessly to secure a future that maintains the highest possible quality of life for our clients, reflecting the true extent of their injuries and the impact on their personal and professional lives.

Long Term or Permanent Disability

Road Rash

Road rash injuries, often underestimated in their severity, can lead to significant pain, scarring, and even long-term sensory damage. The legal team at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb is experienced in representing clients who have suffered from road rash due to motorcycle accidents in New York, emphasizing the injury’s potential for serious complications and the need for appropriate medical treatment and compensation.

We advocate for a thorough evaluation of road rash injuries to ensure that all associated costs—medical treatment, potential infections, and cosmetic surgeries—are fully accounted for in the compensation claim. Our goal is to secure a settlement that not only addresses the immediate medical needs but also considers the potential long-term effects on the client’s quality of life and well-being.

Road Rash

New York Motorcycle Accident Claim FAQs

Understanding the complexities of motorcycle accident claims in New York can be overwhelming. Our FAQ section aims to provide you with a general overview of some of the most common concerns and questions.

  • What are the common causes of motorcycle crashes in New York?

    Most motorcycle accidents in New York are often attributed to factors such as speeding, left-hand turns, alcohol consumption, and the difficulty for other drivers to see motorcyclists. New York motorcycle accident statistics reveal a concerning increase in motorcycle accidents, including a high risk of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Identifying the cause of a motorcycle crash is crucial for holding responsible parties financially accountable for the injuries. It’s important to note that despite motorcycle safety being a priority for most riders, accidents often occur due to other motorists’ failure to pay attention. Consulting a motorcycle accident lawyer is essential to navigate the complex legal landscape and obtain fair compensation.

  • Why is it important to choose experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyers?

  • What should I do immediately following a motorcycle accident in New York?

  • How do New York's no-fault insurance laws affect motorcycle accident claims?

  • Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for the motorcycle accident?

  • What types of compensation can I recover in a motorcycle accident lawsuit in New York?

  • How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in New York?

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