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Sharing the Road With Unfriendly Drivers

How Motorcyclists Can Share the Road With Unfriendly Drivers While hitting the open road on a motorcycle can be exhilarating, many bikers quickly learn how many hazards await in the form of inconsiderate car and truck drivers. Drivers who show little or no regard for the motorcyclists that they encounter often cause serious accidents. A sobering fact for many New Jersey bikers is that a motorcycle crash carries an 82% chance of causing injuries. Consequences of Unfriendly Drivers New Jersey statistics estimate that over 2,000 crashes involving motorcycles happen in the average year. Depending on the injuries, a biker might have to live with consequences ranging from health care bills to missed work time to emotional trauma. The extent of injuries these crashes cause is one reason why a... read more

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident

Make Your Safety a Priority While Riding In 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in an accident compared to those riding in passenger vehicles. You're also far more likely to get hurt while riding a motorcycle compared to being in a car. However, motorcyclists may be able to lower the risk of getting into an accident by staying aware of surroundings at all times. Never Assume That Drivers See You One of the most important things to remember when riding a motorcycle is that other drivers may not be able to see you. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check for cars before going through an intersection, changing lanes or turning onto a different road. By practicing defensive riding techniques, you may give yourself more time... read more

What Precipitates Motorcycle Crashes?

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen? Between 2012 and 2016, nearly 12,000 New Jersey motorcyclists were involved in crashes that resulted in injury or loss of life. The Garden State has an abundance of scenic byways that are perfect for an exhilarating motorcycle spin, but accidents can and do happen. If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, seek the medical attention you need, and when you’re able, arrange to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer who may be able to help you determine proximate cause so that you can receive compensation. Left-Hand Turns Motorcyclists get an unfair rap when it comes to mishaps on the road. They’re often assumed to be the negligent party in any collisions in which they become involved. In fact, according to a 2013 study... read more

Representing Yourself in a Motorcycle Accident is a Mistake

The Downside of Representing Yourself in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Despite a decrease in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents nationally in recent years, New Jersey has had a troubling increase in serious motorcycle accidents. In 2017 alone, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes increased by 15 percent. If you have suffered an injury in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you may have a valid claim for damages. While it may be tempting to represent yourself in your injury lawsuit, the reality is you could risk missing out on recovering compensation for your injuries due to a technical error or similar mistake. Here are a few of the pitfalls in handling a case on your own. Your Investigation Might Miss Something Investigating the facts of a motorcycle crash is... read more

All Motorcyclists Need a Medical Exam After an Accident

Why You Need a Medical Exam After a Motorcycle Accident In New Jersey, you have an 82 percent chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident. Regardless of how high or low the chances are, you should get a medical exam because it's not always obvious you're injured. A trained health care professional can detect internal injuries. Make a Personal Injury Claim With Greater Ease If you don't immediately receive a medical exam after a motorcycle accident, the insurance company will interpret this as your injuries not being serious. Getting a checkup as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident makes it difficult for the other party to avoid responsibility for your injuries. You can receive the maximum amount of compensation you're entitled to when you immediately get a... read more

Five Reasons Why You Need to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

How Motorcycle Attorneys Can Help After an Accident About 90,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents each year. While the motorcyclist is to blame in some cases, the fault often lies with the driver of a passenger or commercial vehicle. If you happened to be in a motorcycle accident, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney with experience in such cases. Legal Counsel Could Determine If You Deserve Compensation Not everyone will be eligible to claim compensation after a motorcycle crash. An example would be if you were the one who caused the accident. However, even if you were the cause, there’s still a small chance that you can obtain a settlement. You can then use the settlement to pay for your motorcycle injuries and... read more

Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do If You Get Into a Motorcycle Accident While riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, these vehicles are also very dangerous. More than 5,200 riders died on U.S. roads due to motorcycle crashes in 2016. If you're a motorcyclist who's lucky enough to survive such a collision, there are some important steps to follow in the immediate aftermath. Collect Information The most important thing that you can do is collect information from the motorist who hit you. This will provide your insurance company with vital information to make your case valid. Pictures, audio testimonies of individuals nearby, and any other information will paint a picture of the scene and most certainly help your case. Call the Police A police officer should be called immediately... read more

Working With a Motorcycle Accident Attorney May Benefit Your Case

Why You Should Hire a Qualified Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Aside from a helmet, motorcyclists do not have a lot of protection should a traffic collision occur. That's why there are roughly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities and 90,000 injuries every year. If you've been hurt in one of these accidents, it's important to hire a lawyer with experience in motorcycle accident law. Lawyers Want to Do Well for Their Clients It can be difficult to manage a motorcycle accident case by yourself. If you recruit a motorcycle accident lawyer, he or she will go above and beyond to look out for your best interests. This professional will start by evaluating your case. Depending on your situation, there could many defendants to deal with. A lawyer will investigate the case and determine... read more

New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Information

How to Improve Safety for New Jersey Motorcyclists The most vulnerable group of motorists in the Garden State is motorcyclists. A bike rider is more than 28 times more likely than a car passenger to die in an accident. The rider is also five times more likely to be injured in a vehicle accident. Disturbing Statistics Over the past 10 years, 2011 saw the highest number of motorcycle fatalities at 93 while 2015 saw the lowest with 50 deaths. These numbers varied greatly in the past 10 years. There were over 12,000 crashes involving motorcycles from 2012 to 2016. In 2017, 32.5% of motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol. Excessive speed was responsible for 26% of motorcyclist fatalities, and 24% involved driver inattention. In 2016, over 2,200 motorcycle drivers in New... read more

Motorcycle Passengers Have Rights and Obligations

Your Legal Rights as a Motorcycle Passenger Of the nearly 5,000 Americans killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015, 6% were passengers. When you’re riding on the back of a bike, you’re entrusting your safety to another individual, and you need to make sure that person is up to this challenge. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of the motorcyclist’s carelessness or bad judgment, you have legal rights, and an experienced NJ motorcycle accident lawyer can help you safeguard them. Motorcycle Passenger Do's and Don’ts There’s nothing quite as much fun as riding on the back of a bike down a country road on a beautiful day. Carrying a passenger, though, changes the dynamics of riding a motorcycle. The bike handles very differently with... read more