New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers In Edison, Freehold, And Brick, New Jersey Can Help You File A Claim And Recover Compensation After An Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are almost 30 times as likely per mile traveled as the occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed in an accident. Riding a motorcycle takes a great deal of skill, but human error – and the actions of others on the road – can lead to a life-altering mishap in an instant. If you or a loved one was injured in any way in a motorcycle accident, contact the Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers for assistance with your case. Our team will walk you through everything you need to know about evidence collection, identifying the at-fault party, filing for insurance coverage, and pursuing your claim within the applicable statutes of limitations.
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Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Understand The Dangers Of Motorcycle Riding
Motorcyclists have a much smaller profile than most other vehicles on the road, and they also lack the advanced safety features and crash prevention technologies that many modern cars and trucks have. Most motorcyclists have nothing more than gloves, scratch proof clothing, and a helmet to protect themselves in a crash, so it is no wonder that thousands of motorcyclists are killed and many more are seriously injured every year in motor vehicle accidents.
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Common injuries seen in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Road rash, lacerations, and burn injuries
- Face, mouth, dental, and eye injuries
- Head, brain, neck, and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Bone injuries, such as crush, broken, or fractured bones
- Torn muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons
- Death, paralysis, and amputations
The medical treatment costs for some of these injuries can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Some injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities, preventing you from working and enjoying your life. The long-term consequences of an accident can affect your physical, mental, and financial well-being and can strain your relationships as well.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the same factors that cause passenger vehicle accidents. these include:
- Texting while driving
- Interacting with other passengers from behind the wheel
- Eating or applying makeup while driving
- Distracted driving of any kind
- Drowsiness, fatigue, and drug or alcohol use
- Speeding and reckless or aggressive driving
- Traffic violations
- Inclement weather
- Damaged roads and road debris
- A failure to yield the right of way
- A failure to see a motorcyclist or another motorist
- A failure to execute a safe lane change
- Blindspot and lane sharing accidents
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Seeking Compensation With Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Some motorcycle accident cases are easy to handle, as is often the case when another driver is in clear violation of safe driving rules. Others can be more difficult to manage. Winning compensation for your losses – whether from your insurer via an insurance claim or via a lawsuit against an at-fault motorist – requires the expertise of an attorney.
Our New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers can help you with your case. We will help you gather evidence to support your claim, including:
- Eyewitness testimony on how the accident unfolded.
- Dashcam, surveillance, or CCTV footage of the accident.
- Cell phone records, medication use, and blood test results of an at-fault motorist.
- An at-fault motorist’s driving logs if he/she was driving a commercial vehicle.
- Vehicle maintenance logs.
- The official police report of the accident.
Anyone guilty of causing an accident will not likely be willing to provide you with this information. Our team has the experience and networks required to obtain the evidence that can help you with your case.
We can also quantify your damages and file all relevant paperwork with your insurer within the required deadlines. This can be difficult to do after an accident, especially if you are injured, unable to work, or are unfamiliar with personal injury law and/or insurance provisions that apply to motorcycle accidents.
Contact Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
In most cases, you have two years within which to file a personal injury claim in New Jersey. For insurance coverage, you may have between 30 and 60 days, depending on your insurer and the specifics of your case. Contact Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. today for assistance with your case. The sooner you initiate legal proceedings for your case, the better.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
Yes, all road users have the same rights in New Jersey and are bound by the same safe driving, safe riding, and standard of care rules. You cannot be denied a claim simply because riding a motorcycle is statistically more dangerous than driving or riding in a car or truck. Truck and car drivers are required to share the road with motorcyclists; they cannot earn a motor vehicle operator’s license if they are unaware of or unfamiliar with the laws that protect the well-being of motorcyclists on the road.
In most cases, your insurance will cover medical bills, lost wages, lost earning ability, rehabilitation expenses, pain, suffering, and wrongful death damages such as lost long-term income and funeral/burial expenses of a loved one. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) can be used for medical expenses but not for lost income, while other forms of insurance such as collision coverage and comprehensive coverage can be used for other accident-related outlays. Our attorneys can help you understand which policies can be used for which losses so that you receive the maximum compensation you are legally owed.
It depends. Many health insurance plans do not cover motorcycle accident injuries. You would need to read the fine print of your policy to determine if, when, and how much your health insurance will cover in terms of accident-related costs – if anything. Deductibles and copays can quickly add up, and many insurance policies do not cover pain, suffering, lost income, and incidental expenses. This is why you should speak with an attorney to plan a claim strategy that will work in your favor.