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Serving Injured Clients Throughout Western New York
Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Buffalo

Advocating for Injured Bikers Throughout Western New York

When motorcycle crashes occur, the consequences can be catastrophic, even deadly. According to data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, around 4,700 motorcycle crashes are reported in the state each year, with nearly 85 percent of those collisions resulting in at least one injury.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys advocate for the rights of injured victims and their family members, representing them in sometimes very difficult odds against insurance companies. If you or your loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, we can help you fight to obtain the justice and financial recovery you deserve. Over the years, we have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured individuals and their families throughout Western New York.

About Richmond Vona, LLC

Understanding New York’s No Fault Insurance Regulations

New York maintains expansive no-fault regulations, which require that drivers of motor vehicles maintain no-fault insurance and bar such drivers from filing a claim against an at-fault party for compensation unless they have suffered severe injuries.

However, it is important to note that statutory language in New York explicitly states that motorcycles are not defined as motor vehicles; as such, a motorcyclist is not covered under no-fault laws and does not need to meet the serious injury threshold in order to pursue a claim against another driver. Rather than carrying no-fault coverage, motorcyclists are required to maintain liability insurance coverage to pay for damages to others in crashes that they cause. If another party is to blame, then the motorcyclist maintains the right to file a claim directly against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.

Under New York law, motorcycle accident victims can step outside of the no-fault insurance system and file a lawsuit directly against the responsible driver, regardless of whether or not their injuries are severe. Severe injuries are likely, as, unfortunately, motorcyclists are inherently exposed and are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in a collision.

However, it is important to note that statutory language in New York explicitly states that motorcycles are not defined as motor vehicles; as such, a motorcyclist is not covered under no-fault laws, and does not need to meet the serious injury threshold in order to pursue a claim against another driver. Rather than carrying no-fault coverage, motorcyclists are required to maintain liability insurance coverage to pay for damages to others in crashes that they cause. If another party is to blame, then the motorcyclist maintains the right to file a claim directly against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.

Under New York law, motorcycle accident victims can step outside of the no-fault insurance system and file a lawsuit directly against the responsible driver, regardless of whether or not their injuries are severe. Severe injuries are likely, as, unfortunately, motorcyclists are inherently exposed and are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in a collision, but they are not required for you to file a claim.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Through a motorcycle accident claim, injured victims can recover compensation for the complete value of their damages. Unfortunately, this is often challenging; insurance companies are aggressive in handling these cases. Typically, they will try to quickly resolve the matter for the lowest amount possible.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to helping our clients obtain full and fair compensation for:

  • Ambulance fees and emergency room care
  • Medical bills and related costs
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent physical impairments
  • Loss of life enjoyment

In the event that a motorcyclist dies due to their injuries, eligible surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation for losses such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, value of household services, and loss of love, companionship, guidance, and support.

To request a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call (716) 300-5885 today.

OVER $150 MILLION IN RECOVERIES

Successful Verdicts & Settlements That Our Attorneys Have Achieved
  • Asbestos Exposure $3.2 Million Settlement
  • Asbestos Exposure $2.5 Million Jury Verdict
  • Asbestos Exposure $2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Delayed Diagnosis $1.2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure Seven-Figure Settlement
  • Anesthesia Error Seven-Figure Settlement
  • Serious Construction Site Injury $600,000 Settlement
  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Settlement
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Get the Help You Need; Call Richmond Vona, LLC Today

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to providing high quality, fully personalized legal representation to injured victims. If you or your family member was injured in a motorcycle crash, we can help. Call us now for a free initial case review. From our Buffalo law office, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Genesee County, and Cattaraugus County.

Call (716) 300-5885 or submit an online contact form today to schedule a time to talk to one of our experienced attorneys.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

  • What is the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident in New York?

    Under New York law (N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214), motorcycle accident claims are governed by a three-year statute of limitations. If you fail to file your injury claim before the deadline expires, you could be prevented from bringing one at all.

  • Can I still bring a personal injury claim if I wasn’t wearing a motorcycle helmet?

    New York law requires motorcyclists to wear approved motorcycle helmets. If you get into a crash while not wearing a helmet, you still have the right to bring a motorcycle accident injury claim. However, under New York’s comparative fault law, your compensation might be reduced, as you could be considered partially negligent.

  • Can a motorcycle manufacturer be held liable for a crash?

    Motorcycle manufacturers and motorcycle parts makers can be held liable for a crash that was caused by or made worse by their negligence. If you believe that a problem with your motorcycle contributed to your accident, contact an experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident attorney right away.

We Take Every Injury Personally

Real People, Real Stories
  • “He is a miracle worker. He found someone who knew my Dad who had passed away over 50 years ago. No easy feat. He works very, very hard for his clients. Knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend him.”

    - Colette M.
  • “To this day, I am grateful for the dedication and compassion he displayed throughout my case. The outcome of my case was successful as a result of his drive and commitment.”

    - Sue A.
  • “Keith and John are talented attorneys and, more importantly, compassionate and dedicated people. They are driven by a desire to help, and they always fight for their clients.”

    - Michael J.
  • “They listened to my concerns and gave me excellent advice and made me feel like they cared about my injury and not just my case. These guys are true class acts. Two thumbs up.”

    - Derek G.
  • “John and Keith are not only great attorneys, but they are great individuals. They act with integrity, participating in and supporting local non-profit organizations, and they're constantly striving to learn, grow, and be the best in all that they do.”

    - Rachel M.
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OUR PROMISE TO YOU

We Are Committed to Providing:
  • A Results-Oriented Focus

    Our legal team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to get you the full and fair financial compensation that you deserve.

  • Care, Compassion & Respect

    After all you’ve been through, you deserve someone to fight for you, while providing the individual attention you deserve.

  • Open and Honest Communication

    We value communication and honesty, and we promise to always keep you informed and up to date about your case.

  • Personalized Legal Representation

    When you entrust your case to our skilled attorneys, you become part of the Richmond Vona family - not just another case file.

Meet Our Attorneys Results-Driven, Client-Focused

With almost 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.

Awards & Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell
    Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Veteran-Owned Business
    Veteran-Owned Business
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
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