Commitment | Dedication
${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} New York’s Personal Injury Attorneys
Free Case Evaluation
IN NYC 212-257-3731 Toll Free 866-502-9091
We are here to help you explore your options. What type of injury do you have?
Case Type

Do Motorcycle Passengers Have Legal Recourse After An Accident?

When a car driver hits a motorcyclist it is obvious that he or she will be responsible for the biker's injuries. This will likely involve insurance payouts and possibly a personal lawsuit. People are often confused, however, about the legal rights of an injured motorcycle passenger.

A motorcycle passenger is in a different legal situation than the person operating the bike. The passenger may not only sue a negligent car driver but may sue the person who he or she was riding with, if they were driving negligently. This is an important consideration when both the car driver and the motorcyclist share blame for a collision.

Every accident is different, and there may be many parties sharing responsibility. It is important for motorcycle passengers to understand that their legal rights and interests do not necessarily align with those of the biker's.

Sometimes, the motorcycle passenger - or his or her surviving family - has no option but to pursue a claim against the motorcycle's operator.

An example of this may be a recent fatal motorcycle accident in Queens on Grand Central Parkway. A 21-year-old male lost control of his motorcycle and his 20-year-old female passenger died.

The motorcyclist is purportedly responsible and could be held liable to the young woman's family in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: NY Post, "Woman Dies In Motorcycle Crash," Natasha Velez, Aug. 12, 2014

Past President NYSTLA
Big Apple | Pothole & Sidewalk Protection Committee
Trial Lawyers Care
Super Lawyers
Take Justice Back | www.takejusticeback.com
Life Member | Million Dollar Advocates Forum | Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum | The Top Trial Lawyers in America
American Association for Justice Leaders Forum | Benefactor 2017
American Association for Justice | Sustaining Member
Avvo Rating | 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Medical Malpractice
Past President NYSTLA
Big Apple | Pothole & Sidewalk Protection Committee
Trial Lawyers Care
Super Lawyers
Take Justice Back | www.takejusticeback.com
Life Member | Million Dollar Advocates Forum | Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum | The Top Trial Lawyers in America
American Association for Justice Leaders Forum | Patron 2015
American Association for Justice | Sustaining Member 2015
Avvo Rating | 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Medical Malpractice

Office Location

Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick
20 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007

Toll Free: 877-298-3201
Phone: 212-964-1390
Fax: 212-608-4959
New York Law Office Map