Motorcyclists in our state are at an increased risk of injury and death than are occupants of standard passenger cars, with statistics showing that motorcyclists die at a far greater rate than do drivers or passengers of standard motor vehicles.
Which is why a motorcyclist in our state not only needs to know the laws surrounding motorcycle use and safe practices but also what happens in the event that a motorcycle accident does occur.
At the offices of Kreizer Law, our NJ & NY motorcycle accident lawyers can help you to understand what to do after a crash and how to recover the maximum amount of compensation available.
Call us toll-free (800) 4-JUSTICE ® – (800) 458-7842. to learn more about how we can help.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of either the driver of the passenger car involved in the crash or the motorcyclist themselves. Some of the top acts of driver error that lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving while distracted;
- Failing to look before changing lanes or turning;
- Driving aggressively;
- Failing to yield to a motorcyclist;
- Using a cellphone while driving; or
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired.
In addition to drivers’ errors, a motorcyclist may cause a crash by engaging in dangerous or illegal behaviors, such as lane-splitting, riding within a vehicle’s blind spot, speeding, or riding while impaired. Sometimes, defective vehicle parts or dangerous road conditions may cause accidents, too.
Injuries Resulting from a Motorcycle Crash
Regardless of the cause of a motorcycle accident, there is one thing that is almost always true about motorcycle crashes: injuries suffered by the motorcyclist will be severe. Indeed, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet (which is required under NJ law), they may still maintain facial injuries, head injuries, or even a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition to the risk of TBI, a motorcyclist may also suffer:
- Serious road rash injury that presents the risk of infection, permanent scarring and disfigurement, and pain;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Loss of use of limb or loss of limb injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
- External injuries.
A motorcycle accident can also result in psychological harm as well, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Your Right to Recovery After a Crash
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can result in tens of thousands of dollars of losses in the form of property damage expenses, medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. While some of these costs may be covered by a motorcyclist’s own health insurance, most of them will not be covered by the motorcyclist’s own vehicle insurance. In fact, motorcyclists in our state do not carry Personal Injury Protection coverage, which helps to pay for the above costs in an accident regardless of fault.
Note that in New Jersey and New York, comparative fault laws will apply when you are seeking compensation. Per New Jersey Statutes Annotated Section 2A:15-5.2, your percentage of fault cannot be greater than the degree of fault of the party from whom you are seeking damages; if you were more than 50 percent at fault for the motorcycle accident, you will be barred from recovery. If you were 50 percent or less at fault for the accident, though, you can still seek compensation from the other driver, but your recoverable damages award will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
What Does an NJ & NY Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be terrifying, especially because, as stated above, most motorcycle accidents cause severe injuries to the involved motorcyclist. While there may be few things that you can take comfort in after a crash, working with a skilled NJ and NY motorcycle accident lawyer is one of them.
When you call a motorcycle accident attorney, your attorney will be responsible for investigating your accident, proving the fault of the other driver, building your case, calculating your damages, organizing documents and evidence relevant to your claim, representing you in discussions with the insurance company, issuing a demand letter, and reviewing and negotiating a settlement offer. If necessary, your lawyer will also be responsible for filing a lawsuit and litigating your case on your behalf.
How to Find the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Your Case
As you search for the best motorcycle accident lawyer for your case, here are some things to keep in mind–
- Experience. You want to hire an attorney who not only has years of experience, but also has years of experience working on cases like yours.
- Proximity. Choosing a lawyer who is located near you can be helpful for two reasons: First, the attorney will likely have a relationship with the various parties involved in your claim, including insurance representatives and any judges should your case go to court; second, close proximity to your lawyer means that meeting with your lawyer on a regular basis will be easier, as travel time will be significantly reduced.
- Case history. Be sure to ask your attorney how many cases like yours they have handled and what the outcome of those cases has been. You want an attorney who has recovered large awards for clients both in out-of-court settlements and jury verdicts.
Call Our NJ & NY Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Working with a New Jersey and New York motorcycle accident attorney can have a positive outcome on your case. At the office of Kreizer Law, our legal team knows what you’re going through after a crash, and how intimidating the claims process can be.
For a free consultation, please call our law office directly, Toll-Free (800) 4-JUSTICE ® – (800) 458-7842, visit us in person or send us a message using the intake form on our website. We are here to serve you.