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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are not second-class citizens. We’ve heard too many defendants say, “I just didn’t see him,” or make some other excuse for their failure to respect the rights of motorcycle riders.

As far as we’re concerned, there’s no excuse for failing to see a motorcycle. Motorcyclists have the same rights as any other victim of driver negligence. Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Too often, the result is catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities. Riders deserve to be protected by lawyers with experience and a proven track record.

Our own family members and friends ride motorcycles. We understand the risks they face on the roads every day. Whether another driver is guilty of texting, intoxication, speeding, inattention, or violating other traffic laws, we will hold them accountable for the harm they’ve caused a motorcyclist.

We handle many types of accidents including:

  • Distracted Drivers
  • Passenger Injuries
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Speeding Drivers
  • Drunk Drivers
  • Texting Drivers
  • Hit-and-Run
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Poor Road Conditions
  • Tire Blowouts
  • Product Defects
  • And many others

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision, or if you’ve lost a family member in a deadly crash, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including:

  • Lost income
  • Future lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Past & future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Physical and/or mental impairment
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of spousal services
  • Wrongful death

Our track record record speaks for itself. Visit our recent results page to see a few examples of the results we’ve obtained for our clients. We stand up to insurance companies and will help you and your family protect your legal rights and get the full compensation you truly deserve.

For guidelines and instructions on what you should do if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, visit our FAQ page for important information.

When you take to the streets on a motorcycle, defensive driving assumes an entirely new meaning. On top of being mindful of other drivers, you have to constantly keep your eyes alert for additional dangers. More than 4,000 accidents involving motorcycles took place on New York roadways in 2014 (the most recent year for which the Department of Motor Vehicles provided data).

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Syracuse NY

Some 135 drivers and 11 passengers were killed on motorcycles during this time, but only one non-motorcycle driver experienced fatal injuries as a result of a collision with a motorcycle. Motorcycles are 25% more vulnerable to accidents than other vehicles, and those on board are more than 5 times more likely to be killed in a crash. These figures remain the same regardless of driver skill and experience as well as helmet use. Those who become part of these statistics need representation from a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer.

To most, “Look Twice – Save a Life” is nothing more than an empty slogan against a bright yellow background. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, however, it’s much more than that. Many of the people we hold nearest and dearest brave the streets of New York on motorcycles every day, so we understand the full meaning behind that nationwide campaign.

“I just didn’t see him” has become the go-to excuse of those who are at fault in motorcycle crashes. There is a certain degree of truth in this claim. Smaller vehicles can be more difficult to see than larger ones, especially in cases where road signs, bushes and other obstacles obscure a driver’s view. Still, this doesn’t hold up in court for any other type of vehicle, and it shouldn’t in cases where motorcycles are involved.

While visual obstacles typically have a minimal effect on cars, trucks and SUVs, they can have a considerable impact on motorcycles. Design and manufacturing defects also become more of a factor when accidents involve motorcycles. We handle cases involving all of these complex issues and many others.

Countless drivers of conventional vehicles try to place blame for accidents on bikers, but studies across the nation as well as around the world have determined that motorcycles are at fault in far fewer cases than the public would like to believe.

When they ride, bikers are continually aware of the fact that their lives and those of their passengers are largely in their own hands. Despite the greatest level of caution, you cannot control the actions of other drivers.

At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, our team has extensive experience representing motorcycle accident victims. We firmly believe in defending their rights. We’ve built a solid reputation recovering damages on behalf of our clients. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Syracuse NY have the knowledge, resources and resolve to stand up to those at fault and their insurance companies to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We urge you to contact us and tell us your story. Consultations are free, and we offer our services on a contingency basis.

If you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call Porter Nordby Howe LLP at 888-477-7731 or email us at

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