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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

Redesigned Medicare Cards Coming June 2018

In an effort to prevent fraud, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has redesigned Medicare cards. The cards are still red, white and blue but they will no longer contain a Social Security number, gender, signature and other personal information, all of which could compromise the Medicare beneficiary’s identity. The new cards have an 11 character, randomly assigned number that is not in any way connected to the beneficiary’s other personal data. All current beneficiaries are scheduled to get their new cards no later than December, 2019. New Jersey residents will receive their new cards beginning after June, 2018. Before the mailings start, beneficiaries should ensure that the Social Security Administration has their correct address. Any address changes should be made by contacting the Social Security Administration... read more

Riding a Motorcycle Without a Helmet? Serious Risk!

Risks of Riding a Motorcycle Without a Helmet Anyone who has been on a motorcycle knows that proper safety gear and remaining visible to other drivers are two key ways to avoid being involved in a serious accident. However, the number of people involved in critical motorcycle accidents such as those leading to catastrophic injuries and fatalities has been on the rise in recent years. Riding a motorcycle without a helmet is very risky for riders. Motorcycle accidents represent significant risks to a motorcycle rider because even with appropriate safety gear such as a helmet, critical injuries can occur.  People who have been hurt in a motorcycle accident may be able to recover damages, including: Lost wages Pain and suffering Costs for medical bills now and in the future... 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

How to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle During Wintry Conditions

Safety and Riding a Motorcycle in Winter Weather Staying safe when riding a motorcycle in winter is important. Follow these tips to drive safe this winter. Riding a motorcycle always carries some level of risk. You’re on a slim, small, and fast-moving vehicle that’s capable of weaving in and out of lanes and between them. Of course, when you ride in the winter in snowy, icy conditions, it’s even more dangerous. If you’re in the New Jersey area and you don’t have any other vehicles to travel a considerable distance, you may have no choice but to take your bike for a spin. Unfortunately, accidents can easily happen no matter what you're driving when snow and ice are on the road. To minimize your risks, here are some tips... 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

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

How to Avoid These Three Common Motorcycle Accidents As a motorcyclist, you know firsthand the freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle, but you also know the dangers that surround you every second while you're out on the road. While there are many factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents, there are three that are common but that are also largely in your control. Three of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are speeding, driving under the influence, and lane splitting. 1. Speeding One of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes is speed, both on the part of the motorcyclist and the other driver. While you cannot control the speed of the vehicles around you, you can take a little extra precaution to judge their speeds and adjust... read more

What Types of Damages Can You Receive After a Motorcycle Accident in New Jersey?

Recouping Losses After a Motorcycle Accident A motorcycle accident can cause physical injuries and significantly disrupt your life. At the very least, having an accident might damage your motorcycle, leaving you without transportation. You may also require medical treatment for bodily injuries sustained in the accident and be forced to take time off from work. When you have an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer on your side, rebuilding your life after a motorcycle accident is possible. In New Jersey, motorcycle accident victims and their families can receive multiple types of compensation. For example, there are economic damages, punitive damages, and even damages associated with pain and suffering. If you're the relative of a person who was severely injured or killed in an accident, you may even be entitled to... read more

Lawsuit Limitations

The Lawsuit Limitation Many riders injured in motorcycle accidents may not be able to make a claim or sue for money damages as a result of the "lawsuit limitation." Under New Jersey law, when you purchase automobile insurance, you must choose either the "lawsuit limitation" or "no limitation". The "lawsuit limitation" limits your right to sue those who injure you unless you have very serious or permanent injuries. Close to 90% of New Jersey drivers have elected the lawsuit limitation because it results in a cheaper premium. Even though there is no lawsuit limitation choice when you buy your motorcycle insurance, as a result of New Jersey Court decisions, if you choose the "lawsuit limitation" on your car policy, it applies to you in a motorcycle accident as well.... read more

Is Your Motorcycle Covered by No Fault?

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. 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 or require reimbursement of the benefits they pay from your monetary recovery against the driver who caused the accident. The other... read more