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Distracted Driving Puts Motorcyclists at Risk

Distracted Driving and Motorcycle Crashes According to one study, drivers today are almost 60% more likely to use their phones behind the wheel, be it for talking or texting. Despite public awareness campaigns and law enforcement initiatives, distracted driving is becoming even more common—and dangerous—in New Jersey. While motorcyclists may find it difficult to use a phone and operate a bike at the same time, far too many car and truck drivers get behind the wheel and continue to talk, surf and text while driving. More Drivers Distracted Behind the Wheel When drivers are distracted, the consequences can be deadly. Deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle crashes, rose to over 40,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017 after five decades of significantly lower numbers. In fact, every day, at... read more

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

Can Reforming Our Motorcycle Laws Save Lives?

Reform of Motorcycle Laws in the United States According to statistics published by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, casualties due to motorcycle accidents occur at 28 times the rate of casualties due to car accidents. Despite stricter laws regarding motorcycle permits, licensing and safety, motorcycle-related accidents are trending up instead of down. The demand of motorcycle accident victims for legal representation may be at an all-time high, and some people throughout the U.S. are calling for motorcycle law reform. The Hurt Report Proponents of motorcycle law reform are calling for a new safety study, and even many New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys agree. After all, most current law is founded on the Hurt Report, which was conducted in Los Angeles in 1981. That means legal decisions are... 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

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 claim. 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... read more

What Can an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do for You?

Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer More than 80,000 Americans a year are injured in motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to be proactive when it comes to protecting your legal rights and interests. This includes understanding the importance of retaining the professional services of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents With Passenger Automobiles There exist some types of motorcycle accidents that are more common than others. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents involving a passenger car include: An inattentive car driver A speeding car driver An impaired car driver An inappropriate left turn by car driver Texting and driving Talking on the phone while driving Compensation in a New Jersey Motorcycle... read more