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The Motorcycle Diaries of Jerry Friedman, Esq.

The Motorcycle Attorney

Actions That Can Affect Your Motorcycle Accident Case

How Modified Comparative Negligence Affects Your Motorcycle Injury Claim Find out how the New Jersey modified comparative negligence doctrine can limit or bar you from recovering compensation after a motorcycle accident. Understanding how negligence laws work is essential to a successful motorcycle injury case. There are several types of negligence laws used in the United States. Modified comparative negligence is the most common, and it's the system used in New Jersey. Under New Jersey's modified comparative negligence laws, you will be barred from recovering compensation in an accident if your own negligence exceeds that of the other parties. This means your actions leading up to or even after the accident can significantly affect your case. How Modified Comparative Negligence Works The Comparative Negligence Act in New Jersey allows juries in many personal injury cases to consider the relative fault of the parties involved and reduce damages the injured party can recover. Under the modified doctrine, an injured party can recover as long as his or her responsibility was not 51% or greater. This makes the modified comparative negligence system different than a pure comparative negligence system, which allows an injured party to collect damages even if they were 99% at fault, although the damages will be greatly limited in this case. As an example, suppose John was injured in a motorcycle accident. John was hit by a drunk driver, but John was also speeding. John's damages total $20,000. During a trial, the jury will consider evidence and decide how much blame rests with each party. If the jury decides John was 51% or more at fault, John cannot recover...

What to Expect in Your Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits If you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, a lawsuit may help you cover any expenses not paid by the insurance company. Filing a Lawsuit After a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident A motorcycle accident may result in significant personal injuries, lost wages while you recover, and repairs related to vehicle or property damage. This can be a physically, emotionally, and financially grueling experience. If you have a case, our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney, Jerry Friedman, can file a lawsuit on your behalf and try and help you move past this devastating event so that you can get your life back on track. Include Costs That Go Beyond Insurance Payments Many motorcyclists who are involved in a collision or accident are moderately or even seriously injured. In addition to dealing with pain and suffering, lost wages, and expensive medical bills related to your injuries, you may also have to deal with repairing your damaged motorcycle. Filing an insurance claim is a common step to take after being involved in a New Jersey motorcycle accident. However, there are instances when accident-related costs exceed insurance coverage limits or when insurance refuses to pay on a claim. These types of events can compound the stress that you may be feeling after a serious accident. Our attorney can strive to ensure all of these expenses are included in your lawsuit. Understand Your Legal Rights New Jersey law requires all motorists to take financial responsibility for the damages that they cause while driving. In the event insurance proceeds do not pay for all related expenses, the...

An attorney on the side of ‘the riders’

Cheryl Squadrito, Courier-Post Attorney Jerry Friedman is big on empathy. It was his compassion for fellow motorcyclists that led him to a career representing other riders. A 1975 graduate of Rutgers University, Friedman makes sure "bikers" get what they're entitled to, especially after an accident. "Eighty-six percent of all accidents involving motorcycles are the other guy's fault," Friedman says. That's a lot of people to represent. Friedman says motocycle law is different than automobile law, especially in New Jersey. Insurance coverage varies as well, he says. Friedman built his practice to fight for motorcycle riders' rights. "I distribute newsletters that tell riders about changes in the law," he says. Thanks to his Web site, "I get calls from across the country." His Internet address and toll-free number are easy for Harley-Davidson riders to remember -- www.law4hogs.com 800-Law4Hogs. ("Hog" is biker lingo for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Friedman adores his 1987 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Custom.) Although many of clients meet him at public events or organized rides, others find him through his hard-to-miss billboard on the Black Horse Pike near Mays Landing. The gigantic, orange-and-black advertisement reads, "We ride. We know," with a happy hog giving the thumbs up. "I've handled the entire spectrum of cases, from wrongful death to road rash cases," says Friedman, who has offices in Marlton and Somers Point. The 48-year-old who lives in Medford disperses free advice to people who request it. Friedman knows the intricacies of motorcycle insurance laws and suggests ways for clients to protect themselves. One way is to get extra motorcycle insurance, in addition to their automobile insurance, just in case of an...

Motorcyclist/lawyer says a few “bikers” have created a bias

Cynthia Collier, Gloucester County Times Harley-Davidson riders and other motorcyclists are customarily split into two distinct groups - motorcycle enthusiasts and bikers. The two factions mix at rallies and other events, but outside of a love of motorized "hogs," they range from police to professionals to punks. "Motorcyclists are a tight knit group, as are people who polka dance," said Williamstown attorney Jerry Friedman. "The rallies and the events are the most peaceful things I've ever seen. It's a Woodstock thing," Friedman said. "There's more tension and aggression at an Eagles game." Friedman is a member of several motorcycle clubs as well as a lawyer who specialized in motorcycle-related cases. Friedman rides for fun, but it's also the heart of his law practice. His business cards show the classic blindfolded lady of justice holding a scale, but with one difference; she's standing by a motorcycle. When Friedman is riding his Harley and wearing a leather jacket, it's impossible to tell whether he's an attorney, or something else, something more sinister. That's why people shouldn't make assumptions about riders, he said. "I hate the word 'biker.' They have the same civil rights as everybody else," Friedman said. "I've been riding since high school. I've never been stopped by a police officer while on a motorcycle. I have been witness to situations when police stopped people," Friedman said. "I'm aware of other people who've been hassled and for no reason." Franklin Township Police Chief James Barnum said police officers know better than to stop someone just because they are on a motorcycle. "The stop has to be made with probable cause...

A hog for attention? Or just a biker with his own idea of Justice?

Martin DeAngelis, The Press of Atlantic City We've gotten used to attorneys who advertise. We've also gotten used to attorneys who specialize. But the way Jerry Friedman advertises is still a surprise - almost as big a surprise as his legal specialty itself. Friedman has a billboard on the Black Horse Pike in Folsom, and the billboards has a picture, a toll-free number and a motto all demonstrating that this lawyer specialized in the relationship between the wheels of justice and the wheels of a motorcycle. His picture shows the classic female figure of Justice, blindfolded and holding her usual scales - but standing by a big cycle, which is not so usual.   Still, even that might be a little less legally loopy than the free telephone number that will put you through to Friedman at his offices in Williamstown and Marlton. It's 1-800-LAW-4-HOGS. But Friedman says the key to his whole motorcycle-legal practice is that motto - "Attorneys Who Ride." He does, and he has since he was 18. Now, at 45, and looking much more the stereotype of the lawyer than the stereotype of the biker, he never takes his big Harley-Davidson to work in courtrooms around southern New Jersey, but he does get out for lots of weekend riding with the two motorcycle clubs he belongs to. And he discovered that his membership in the Harley Owners Group and American Bikers Aimed To Educate gave him some credibility with his fellow riders, which made them think of him when they needed a lawyer. "There's a camaraderie around motorcycle riders that's no different than it its...

Lawyer rides on the side of bikers

Chuck Darrow, Courier-Post The billboard, which sits on Route 322 east in Mays Landing, is pretty tough to miss. First, there's the unusual, prominently sized phone number emblazoned upon it: 1-800-LAW-4-HOGS. Then there's the humorous illustration of Lady Justice astride a motorcycle.   But the striking sign is effective in making its point: If you ride a motorcycle ("Hog" is biker lingo for Harley-Davidson cycles) and need a lawyer, Williamstown-based Jerry Friedman is your guy. Friedman, 44, specialized in motorcycle law. A 1975 graduate of Rutgers Law School, Camden, he has been a motorcyclist since he was 18 (he currently rides a 1987 Harley heritage Softail Custom). His field of specialty arose from a call he received a number of years ago from ABATE Inc., a national lobbying group ("ABATE" stands for American Bikers Aimed To Educate). As a result of his work on the organization's behalf, he explains, "I started receiving calls from members with individual legal problems, including accidents. "I decided it would be a good idea to market my services to the motorcycle community in the South Jersey area." It didn't take long for Freidman, who still represents ABATE, to ascertain there was a need for those services, especially among riders injured in accidents. "The individual injured in a motorcycle accident faces unique problems," he says. "New Jersey's No-Fault law, which provides automatic medical coverage to automobile accident victims, excludes coverage to individuals injured on a motorcycle. "Many motorcycle riders have HMOs or other health coverage that require repayment of medical expenses from recoveries the injured party receives from the other driver causing the accident. "Some...