Gloucester County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
As exhilarating as a motorcycle ride down the highway or through the countryside can be, it is somewhat common knowledge that motorcycle accidents can cause injuries that are much more severe than those a person with the wraparound protection of a car or truck might suffer. Most motorcyclists know this, and, contrary to popular opinion, tend to exercise caution when driving as a result.
No matter how careful a biker is, though, he or she still run the risk of getting hurt because someone else was not paying such close attention to the road. If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident that left you injured, a Gloucester County motorcycle accident lawyer could help you with establishing that another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior was the proximate cause of the accident. Reach out to one of our skilled personal injury attorneys today and set up a consultation. En Español.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The New Jersey Division of Highway Safety estimates that motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than occupants in traditional cars and 28 times more likely to die. While motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet under New Jersey Statutes §39:3-76.7, a motorcycle accident is still likely to cause severe injuries. These injuries often include:
- Back injuries
- Head, brain and spinal injuries
- Severe skin lacerations
- Shoulder injuries
- Muscular injuries
These conditions can require immediate and substantial medical care, as well as continuing future care.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage
Because New Jersey is a no-fault state, you typically first contact your own insurance company for compensation if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident. A Gloucester County motorcycle accident attorney could be invaluable in helping you deal with the insurance companies while you recover and understanding the terms of your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
Unfortunately, while your PIP coverage may cover the cost of injuries in a traditional car accident, it likely would not cover injuries you have sustained while riding a motorcycle. Therefore, motorcycle injuries must typically be paid for using your own health insurance, which may be subject to substantial limitations.
An Injured Biker’s Right to Compensation
Despite the fact that New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, a Gloucester County motorcycle accident lawyer could still help you pursue your right to compensation from the other driver. Specifically, the attorney could help you establish that the driver of the other vehicle was negligent in failing to obey the required standard of care while driving.
Establishing negligence on the part of the other driver, whether through settlement negotiations or via a lawsuit, can entitle you to compensation for:
- Uncompensated medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Future rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential caused by severe injuries
If the other driver was negligent or reckless in his or her driving, his or her insurance company may be responsible for paying you damages. Our attorneys could help with the potential complexities of proving this type of claim.
Talk to a Gloucester County Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Despite the fact that many motorcyclists are extremely cautious drivers, accidents can happen—and even judges may be inclined to assume that it was the motorcyclist who caused the accident or assumed the risk of injury. Fortunately, a Gloucester County motorcycle accident lawyer could help establish liability in these often-complicated cases, so call one of ours today to see what we could do for you.