New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer understands that riding a motorcycle gives drivers a sense of freedom on the open road. You get to feel the wind rushing by you as you enjoy the warmth of the spring day. However, cruising down the road on your motorcycle, you are more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a crash.
According to The Office of the Attorney General for the state of New Jersey, 81% of motorcycle drivers were wearing a DOT-approved helmet but still suffered fatal injuries. This goes to show how vulnerable motorcycle drivers are in crashes.
With such limited protection, motorcyclists need representation they can count in. Motorcycle injuries can be severe, and often the damage to the bike is irreparable. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC understand the suffering associated with a motorcycle crash and are here to help.
Motorcyclists have no barriers between themselves and the road. Keeping this in mind, motorcyclists wear helmets, leather jackets, vests, chaps, and gloves to protect themselves from road abrasion in the event of a crash.
Motorcyclists take extra precautions to check their blind spots, leave extra room between themselves and other vehicles, and use hand signals before changing lanes.
Even with all these precautions in place, a motorcyclist is 29 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger vehicle driver.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are more at risk of being seriously injured in a collision for two main reasons:
Motorists often do not realize that motorcycles function differently than cars. Upon approaching a red light, motorcyclists first downshift before coming to a complete stop. Frequently motorists do not realize that the motorcyclist is slowing down since they do not see brake lights appear.
A leading cause of many motorcycle collisions is distracted drivers. Anytime a driver takes their mind or eyes off the road, and their hands off the wheel, they significantly increase their chances of getting into an accident.
These distractions come at a price for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are already at greater risk of being hit when visibility is limited, such as driving at night or in inclement weather. Distracted driving, while easily preventable, puts motorcyclists in grave danger.
Common causes of motorcycle crashes are:
The Garden State is known for motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, New Jersey does not offer motorcyclists Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for insurance coverage.
However, motorcyclists are required to have minimum coverage, which includes:
This coverage is often not enough when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident. If a motorcyclist is interested in using the other driver, they need to begin the lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. If you wait longer, then you will not be able to recover the compensation you deserve.
If a motorcyclist suffers from injuries or property damage due to a collision, it is always in their best interest to discuss their situation with a knowledgeable attorney. When you need guidance, Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC is only a phone call away. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer.
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