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Motorcyclists Face More Crashes on NJ Roads

Motorcyclists Face Higher Collision Risks in New Jersey While motorcycle accident deaths declined across the country in 2017, the latest available year of statistics, they continued to rise in New Jersey. In fact, motorcycle crash fatalities increased by 15 percent over that one year. Many of these collisions are caused by other drivers, and you can work with a New Jersey motorcycle injury lawyer to protect yourself in case of a crash. Threats to Motorcyclists on NJ Streets Across the country, 40,100 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2017. Of those, 4,798 were killed in motorcycle collisions, marking a downward trend from the prior year when 5,251 motorcyclists were killed. This marked an overall 8.6 percent decrease in fatalities related to motorcycle crashes. However, New Jersey joined... read more

What to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident

Steps to Take When Involved in a Motorcycle Accident While a motorcycle makes for a great means of transportation that's also fun to ride, operating these vehicles can heighten your risk of getting into an accident. There were 88,000 injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents in 2015. If you ever become injured in one of these accidents, contact our motorcycle injury lawyer so that we can help you determine what your legal options might be. Focus on Medical Attention When a person has been involved in a motorcycle accident, his or her first instinct is to check to see if he or she is OK. The boost of adrenaline during an accident can mask an injury in the minutes following the accident, which is why it's important to check over... read more

Improve Your Chances of Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Crash

Important Steps for People Injured in a Motorcycle Accident According to New Jersey’s Department of Law and Public Safety, over half of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections, and more than two-thirds of them are blamed on drivers not seeing motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded that people on motorcycles face a five times greater risk of injury than people in passenger vehicles. Don’t Try to Determine Crash Liability at the Accident Scene After a wreck, you’ll likely feel disoriented. You might not fully realize the extent of your motorcycle crash injuries. For these reasons, you should avoid making statements of fault or responsibility to police or other parties. More importantly, anything you say about the cause of the accident might influence future legal action. In New Jersey,... read more

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Spring

Motorcycle Accidents Increase During Warm Weather Months In 2017, 81 New Jersey motorcycle riders died in collisions. Of those, 49 were killed during the months of June, July, August and September. According to traffic safety experts, the reason motorcycle fatalities increase during warm weather months is because there are both more motorcycles and more cars on the road, making it statistically more likely that crashes will occur. How the Weather Affects Accident Risk Spring weather poses its own special challenges. For example, while temperatures increase during the spring months, the weather is still unpredictable. It could be sunny and dry one moment and rainy, wet and slippery the next, causing unpredictable road conditions. In addition, potholes are plentiful in the spring, meaning that motorcycle riders have an increased chance of... read more

Motorcycle Injury Statistics

Important Motorcycle Injury Statistics Every Rider Should Know Motorcycles can be dangerous, but that isn't the whole story. Every rider should understand the unique risks they face and how to reduce them. It's easy for motorcyclists to become numb to the dangers of riding. After all, the risks of riding a motorcycle are a given. Still, it is important to understand the motorcycle injury statistics behind motorcycle accidents as many are the result of human error and can be avoided. Accidents by Motorcycle Type Engine size and motorcycle type make a big difference when it comes to the risk and severity of accidents. Motorcycles can be classified as cruiser, touring, sport touring, sport, and supersport. This final category accounts for the highest rate of fatal accidents according to the... read more

Is Your Motorcycle Covered by No Fault?

No Fault and Motorcycles Under New Jersey’s No Fault Law, automobile policies provide for payment of a policyholder's accident-related medical expenses without regard to fault. These medical benefits are referred to as personal injury protection benefits or PIP. Unfortunately, there are no PIP benefits available under either your automobile or motorcycle policies for injuries sustained while operating a motorcycle, even if you are injured on your motorcycle as a result of a collision with an automobile insured under No Fault. Contact a NJ motorcycle lawyer for help if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in NJ. Since motorcycles are excluded from No-Fault coverage, the rider must look to alternative sources to pay their medical bills such as Medicare, HMOs or union plans, many of which either exclude motorcycles... read more

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 motorcycle accident 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... read more

Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycle Accidents | New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Attorney If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to understand your basic rights and the steps you must take to protect your legal interests. Included in this effort is learning what legally constitutes negligence in a motorcycle accident case. Contact a New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney for assistance. The laws governing motorcycle accidents differ somewhat from state to state. However, there are four basic elements of negligence recognized in New Jersey and other parts of the country. Duty of Care The first element involved in proving negligence in a motorcycle accident case is what is known as a duty of care. Duty of care means that a person has the legal responsibility to act with the level of... read more

Unique Risks Motorcyclists Face in Bad Weather (slippery or icy conditons)?

Risks of Motorcycling in Bad Weather Knowing how to identify and mitigate the risks of motorcycling in bad weather could help avoid a motorcycle accident. Adverse weather is not uncommon in New Jersey. Unfortunately, bad weather conditions can increase the risk of a motorcycle accident and even exacerbate the effects of a crash. Rain Motorcycle accident rates tend to be higher during times of excessive rainfall. Accidents are more common during rainstorms because of poor road conditions, reduced visibility, and minimal traction. One of the most dangerous times to ride is just after the first rain following a dry period. Oil accumulates on roadways and makes the road especially slippery when the oil has not been washed away recently. When it has been raining for some time, motorcyclists can... read more

Most Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

4 Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries Motorcyclists are at a far higher risk of serious injuries in an accident than other motorists. Here are the most common injuries among riders. There are almost 88,000 injuries from motorcycle accidents reported every year as well as 5,000 fatalities across the United States. Motorcycle riders are at a higher risk of serious injuries than car drivers as they are not protected by a vehicle. Helmets, motorcycle jackets, and gloves help reduce the risk of injuries, but a motorcycle accident can still be life-threatening. The following are the most prevalent injuries motorcyclists suffer in accidents. Feet and Leg Injuries Many riders are unsurprised to learn that leg and feet injuries are the most common type of injuries in a motorcycle accident.... read more