Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?
New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Injured Bikers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed in an automobile accident than the passengers of a car. Even if a motorcycle crash is not fatal, the rider faces a much higher chance of severe personal injuries, like spine and brain injury. You can reduce your risk of motorcycle accident injuries by wearing the correct protective gear and following all New Jersey motorcycle laws. Nevertheless, the inattention of another driver often causes these kinds of accidents.
If you were injured or lost someone you love in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to hold that person accountable for your medical bills and other expenses. A motorcycle accident lawyer from Keefe Law Firm can answer your questions and help you file a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys at our law firm have experience investigating and litigating cases involving motorcycle accidents.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the inattention of other drivers. Often, car and truck drivers fail to see motorcyclists, or think motorcycles follow laws similar to bicycles instead of regular vehicles. As a result, the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Right of Way Violations. One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents happens when a car turns left across oncoming traffic. Before turning, a negligent driver may fail to notice an oncoming motorcyclist who has the right of way. This can result in a head-on collision or T-bone accident.
- Speeding. Car drivers who speed may be unable to stop in emergency situations. This can result in serious or fatal rear-end collisions or other accidents.
- Drunk Driving. If a car or truck driver is drunk, he or she is much less likely to notice a motorcyclist and to engage in reckless behavior.
- Lane Splitting. This practice involves motorcyclists riding in between adjacent lines of traffic, either at stop lights or on the road. Lane splitting is discouraged in New Jersey, as a car driver may not notice a motorcyclist when merging or turning.
- Motorcycle Defects. A tire, wheel or any other part of a motorcycle may fail if it has manufacturing or design defects. If so, the parts manufacturer may be liable for the damage caused by the crash.
New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Tips
Although many motorcycle accidents result from car driver negligence, motorcyclists should still take steps to protect themselves, such as:
- Always wear a helmet. Helmets reduce your risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. Additionally, New Jersey’s universal helmet law requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet, regardless of age.
- Wear other protective gear. Gloves, boots, a sturdy jacket and long pants can all protect you from painful injuries in a motorcycle crash. Additionally, bright colors and reflective clothing will help other drivers see you more easily.
- Be comfortable on your bike. Riding a motorcycle is very different from driving a car, and driving courses and/or advanced training can help ensure you know what to do in all emergency situations.
- Practice defensive driving. Since many drivers overlook motorcyclists, you should exercise caution when approaching an intersection or turn. It is also best to avoid blind spots and leave a safe traveling distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Be mindful of the weather. With only two wheels, motorcycles are more prone to skidding in wet or icy weather. Riders also have little protection against the elements, which could reduce visibility or impact your reaction time.
- Drive responsibly. Like the driver of any vehicle, motorcyclists should always follow posted speed limits and never drive while drunk, drowsy or distracted.
After a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you will have to file an insurance claim, either with the at-fault driver’s provider or your own. However, just as with car accidents, the insurance company will try to call you while you are still recovering or use other methods to pressure you into a low settlement. Therefore, you should always speak to a lawyer before you agree to talk to the other driver’s insurance adjuster.
Discuss Your Options in a Free Consultation with a NJ Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The results of a motorcycle crash may involve not only serious injuries or wrongful death but may also include complicated insurance claims and possibly a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys at Keefe Law Firm have experience with these types of cases, and can explain your legal rights and options free of charge.
Each motorcycle accident lawyer at our law firm prepares every case thoroughly, as if it was going to the courtroom. If you have questions about a motorcycle crash claim, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Red Bank, Newark, Point Pleasant and New Brunswick, and represent clients statewide.