Motorcycle Accident Attorneys In New Jersey
The New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General has collected data that reveals deaths due to motorcycle accidents are significantly rising nationwide. In the state of New Jersey, approximately 2,500 motorcycle accidents take place each year, which include 50 or more deaths and around 2,000 injuries. This means that, if you are in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, you have a very high 75 percent chance of being injured, according to research.
New Jersey boasts 85,557 miles of roadway and some 150,000 motorcycles. Motorcycles, however, must share the roads with some 3.5 million automobiles, 3.2 million trucks, and 24,000 buses. All of these larger vehicles may be daunting to even the most experienced of motorcyclists.
NJ Motorcyclists Have Limited Insurance Options
If you are a motorcycle rider involved in an accident with a motor vehicle in the State of New Jersey, neither your auto insurance nor your motorcycle insurance will pay for any of your medical treatment.
If you have sustained a medical injury in New Jersey under these circumstances, you must pay physicians yourself, with your health insurance, or by some arrangement with your treating physicians to place a lien on your pending case, paying the physicians if compensation is received via a lawsuit settlement or award. In the latter case, the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP would seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company for monetary compensation for your medical bills and for your pain and suffering.
The law firm of Parker Waichman has an established and successful reputation in New Jersey and fully understands the complexities and intricacies of New Jersey motorcycle laws.
Truck and Passenger Vehicle Drivers Present Risks to Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists tend to drive for the pleasure of being outside and on the open road; for the sheer joy of driving a motorcycle. Truck and passenger vehicle drivers often have a different relationship with their vehicles and the road having to meet deadlines, commuting, driving family, and running errands.
Driving is often drudge and a chore. Because of this, drivers tend to talk and text on their mobile phones, play with devices in their vehicles, look at the internet at red lights, reach for coffee, change music, and any of many dangerous driving habits which may be potentially deadly to motorcyclists.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be looking at expensive motorcycle repairs, injuries that may keep you off of the road in any vehicle, medical bills, and lost pay and future earnings. These are massive costs for the carelessness, recklessness, and/or negligence of someone else.
New Jersey law permits individuals injured in a motorcycle accident to make a civil claim against the at-fault party. Securing representation from experienced personal injury attorneys in New Jersey, such as the knowledgeable New Jersey firm, Parker Waichman, will work to ensure you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents and Related Injuries
Motorcycle accidents in New Jersey may occur for a variety of reasons. A combination of inattention, inexperience, negligence, recklessness, and/or intoxication are typically involved.
Motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are often due to drivers being unaware of motorcyclists sharing the road and the space bikers need to safely maneuver through traffic. This may lead to crashes. For example, tailgating may lead to rear-end collision with a motorcycle. This is worsened because motorcycles are able to stop much more quickly than cars and a simple tap from a car may lead to catastrophic consequences.
Should an automobile exit a parking space or turn through lanes, a collision with a motorcycle may occur because the car’s driver may not see the smaller vehicle driving next to the car. If speed is involved, the accident may become quite serious. Other issues include right-of-way violations and intersections.
Some single motorcycle crashes take place when, for instance, a motorcycle driver attempts to avoid another hazard such as a car cutting off the biker, which puts the cyclist in a position of having to rapidly swerve and brake, which may force the biker out of control.
Although the state of New Jersey mandates motorcyclists to wear helmets, head injuries are among the most common injury seen in motorcycle accidents and may range from minor concussions to fractured skulls and brain damage.
Road rash, which involves exposed skin being scraped across pavement are extremely painful and may lead to significant scarring. Impact due to a motorcycle accident may lead to muscle and soft tissue damage, nerve damage, paralysis, lacerations, spinal cord and neck injuries, and broken bones.
Other Motorcycle Accident Damages
Parker Waichman understands the devastation involved with a New Jersey motorcycle accident. Many motorcyclists are good drivers who work to avoid accidents and follow the rules of the road; however, other drivers may make mistakes that lead to horrific accidents. Motorcycles are also at increased risk for poor road conditions. Potholes, drainage, and inclement weather on New Jersey roads might be extremely dangerous to motorcyclists.
Parker Waichman is able to fight for compensation for damages in a motorcycle accident for property damage and loss; medical bills—current and future; pain and suffering; full or partial paralysis; loss of limb or limbs; scarring; burn injuries; disfigurement, physical therapy and rehabilitation; psychological therapy for mental anguish, emotional duress, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); costs to modify one’s home and vehicles to include wheelchair ramps and other devices need for individuals with disabilities; permanent injuries and disability, lost wages, future lost wages, reduced earning capacity, loss of career, or loss of earning capacity; and punitive damages.
If a loved wrong was killed in a motorcycle accident, wrongful death damages may be sought for funeral and burial expenses; pain, suffering, and medical bills of the deceased before their deaths; loss of future income; loss of future benefits, including medical and retirement benefits; loss of love, affection, guidance, and companionship; mental anguish and emotional duress; punitive damages; and loss of household duties handled by the deceased, including handling bills, maintaining vehicle(s) and property, managing chores, and taking care of children and other family members.
Have Questions About Filing A New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
The attorneys at Parker Waichman have a long history of successfully fighting accident cases and recovering compensation for their clients. If you or someone you know has been injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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