Motorcycle Lawyers Can Protect You
Unless the rider is only suffering from minor injuries, it is often worth it to hire a lawyer to represent them in a motorbike accident claim.
A motorcycle accident lawyer will:
- Calculate the value of the case and determine whether it’s worth pursuing in court
- Communicate and negotiate with the insurance company
- Investigate, find evidence and witnesses, and work with accident reconstruction experts to determine what exactly happened during the accident and who is at fault
- Deal with the lengthy and complex paperwork
- Fight for the rider’s interests and rights and make sure that they receive a timely payout so they can focus on recovering
Without legal representation, riders stand to lose out on money that they’re rightfully entitled to.
After all, insurance companies also have aggressive lawyers working for them to negotiate the cheapest possible settlement.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, a New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney can help you deal with the insurance company and obtain the best possible outcome for the case.
Your lawyer will fight for your rights and interests and help ensure that you get the maximum settlement amount.
Motorcycle Accident Results In Traumatic Injuries
Motorcycle accidents and related fatalities and traumatic injuries are a serious problem in both New Jersey and our neighboring states. A recent article from The Express-Times reports a 27-year-old was recently riding his motorcycle south on Route 611 about 2 a.m. when he veered into the northbound lane and crashed into a curb apparently suffering serious injuries. The police do not know what caused the rider to crash into the curb and the crash is under investigation.
As Monmouth County and New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney, I have witnessed firsthand the devastating life-altering effects of motorcycle crashes. In this particular situation, there could be many factors that made the rider swerve into the opposite lane leading him to strike the curb. Whatever the cause of the accident may be, drivers on the road have to make sure they are careful around motorcycle riders. A simple act of having your high beams on can blind a driver and when the driver is a motorcycle rider they can more easily lose control and crash. One way to simply lower the motorcycle fatalities is to always keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the motorcycle and always proceed with caution before entering into a turn or a lane change. Motor vehicle drivers can do their part by being more responsible on the road and hopefully, motorcycle riders will do their part by taking the right safety precautions.
New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Awareness
New Jersey motorcycle riders continue to be involved in many deaths and serious injuries on our densely populated and overcrowded roads. As a matter of fact, 87 deaths occurred between 2006 and 2007 according to a Trenton Times article that cites recent NJ motorcycle accident statistics from the New Jersey State Police. The good news is motorcycle fatalities decreased 15.5 percent – from 103 to 87. The bad news is 87 fatalities is the second-highest total recorded in the last 12 years. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2005, 27 percent of all fatally injured motorcycle operators had BAC levels of .08 g/dl. Forty-five percent of fatally injured motorcyclists did not wear helmets. Motorcyclists need to be more responsible with how much alcohol they drink and wear helmets. Those two irresponsible acts can easily be avoided and help lower fatalities. New Jersey compared with recent national statistics has made some positive strides in reducing motorcycle fatalities but 87 deaths is still too many and we have a long way to go.
Who is at fault for this high number of deaths? Both the motorists and motorcyclists are at fault and need to be careful when sharing the road with each other. Motorists need to make sure they double-check their side and rearview mirrors for motorcycles passing by and motorcyclists need to take higher safety precautions when driving on busy roads.
Furthermore, motorcyclists need to become more aware of highway dangers and avoid making poor decisions. An example of a poor decision would be when there is heavy traffic on the roads so a motorcyclist decides they don’t want to wait in traffic so they drive in between lanes. Let’s say one of the cars decided to make a turn, that would put the motorcyclist in danger and at high speeds could result in a serious injury or even death. Motorcyclists do many things to cause their own danger. Other examples are speeding, making sharp turns, and driving too close to cars. Let’s make a better effort to become more aware of dangers and to make better choices.
While motorists make many mistakes on the road nothing is more deadly than a motorcyclist making a mistake. When driving a motorcycle you need to take extra precautions like driving the speed limit and always being aware of your surroundings.
Motorcycle fatalities have gone down statistically but what can we do to further reduce these incidents of serious motorcycle accidents in New Jersey? One idea is to further educate the public. May is now being recognized as the New Jersey Motorcycle Awareness Month in an effort to remind all motorcyclists and motorists to be responsible when sharing the road. Hopefully education will provide awareness of dangers on the road and what precautions drivers can take. Together we can lower the fatality numbers and make the road a safer place.
About Grossman Law
For over 20 years, Personal Injury Attorney Scott Grossman has been fighting for the rights of the injured throughout New Jersey. He has helped thousands obtain their fair and just monetary compensation to pay for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and more. Mr. Grossman and his legal team truly care about their clients and provide each with devoted and individual personal attention. Whether you have been the victim of an NJ motor vehicle accident, trucking accident, dog bite, brain injury, construction accident, pharmacy error, wrongful death, workplace injury or any other type of injury, we are here to help you recover the fair and just compensation you truly deserve.