For motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing more appealing than the freedom of riding the open road on a two-wheeled, open-air vehicle. Even those who most love motorcycling as both transportation and sport, however, have to admit that there is greater risk involved in riding a motorcycle than in driving a car. Some of this risk is attributable to the negligence of other drivers who have a tendency to treat motorcyclists more like dangerous interlopers than fellow drivers. At Nagel Rice, LLP, our personal injury attorneys are well-prepared to take your side if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Not only are we aggressive litigators ready to file suit against any driver who has caused you harm, but we are compassionate advocates, dedicated to obtaining the damages you deserve to compensate you for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Nagel Rice Will Get You What You Need
From our offices in Roseland and New York City, our personal injury attorneys have served as successful legal counsel to a large number of motorcycle accident victims throughout New Jersey. We have a remarkable track record of historic verdicts and settlements for motorcycle riders, totalling almost $30 million recovered. This is particularly important because New Jersey motorcyclists are not eligible for personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This means that if you are injured severely in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, you may be left with substantial uncovered medical bills. Our attorneys can help you by filing a lawsuit against the driver at fault so that his or her insurance company will be forced to pay you the compensation you deserve.
Frequent Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey and New York
As motorcyclists well know, New Jersey drivers, like drivers everywhere, are often inattentive or distracted. Even more threatening, these drivers often do not pay attention to the riders of much smaller vehicles, sometimes not even noticing them on the road. It is all too easy for drivers to miss motorcyclists, colliding with them at intersections, rear-ending them on highways, or riding too close to them, causing them to leave the pavement or even tip over.
Why Motorcyclists are More Vulnerable to Injury
In spite of requirements that New Jersey riders wear helmets to protect them from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and the fact that most riders also wear clothing and boots designed to shield them in case of an accident, federal statistics show that motorcyclists are over 30 times more likely to die from vehicular accidents than those in cars. The reasons for this are obvious:
- Motorcyclists are not enclosed in a protective metal cage
- Motorcycles have two wheels rather than four, making them less stable
- Motorcycles are much smaller, lighter weight, and less visible, especially at night or in inclement weather, than are cars
- Riding a motorcycle requires more skill and balance than driving a car
Unfortunately, it is all too easy for a motorcyclist to be severely injured in a collision. As they say, “When you’re on a motorcycle, there are no ‘fender benders’.” It is all too easy to suffer road rash, fractures, internal injuries, spinal cord and brain injuries when you are involved in a motorcycle crash. This is why it is absolutely crucial to get a strong personal injury attorney from Nagel Rice on the case as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the more promptly we can collect police data, interview witnesses, examine the accident site, and call in any necessary experts to evaluate forensic evidence. The more promptly you involve Nagel Rice in your case, the more likely we are to be successful.
Nagel Rice Has the Experience and In-Depth Knowledge to Help
Because we have dealt with so many types of motorcycle accidents, both in terms of varieties of collisions and in terms of kinds of injuries, we have already done much of the necessary background work. The most common type of two-vehicle motorcycle accidents involve head-on collisions (78 percent). Tragically, these are the kind of crashes most often fatal to the cyclist.
Other frequent motorcycle accidents occur when cars are making left-hand turns, typically as cyclists are going through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. The reason usually given by motorists for such collisions is that they didn’t see the smaller vehicle.
At Nagel Rice, we already have the accident statistics at our disposal and know how to access evidence that will help us to recreate the event. Even if you have been involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, our attorneys are often able to recover damages from another party because such accidents rarely take place in a vacuum. You may have been the victim of an icy road that has not been properly cleared, a pothole that has not been repaired, or an obstacle that has not been removed from the road in a timely fashion, in which case the county, state, or town may be held responsible.
In the event that another driver has cut you off and forced you to collide with a tree or telephone pole, that party may be liable for your injuries. It is also possible that another driver was driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, texting, or breaking the law in some other way and that his or her daredevil behavior caused your injuries. In such cases, our skilled attorneys may be able to recover damages from that driver’s insurance company once we prove that your accident resulted from that person’s negligence or reckless driving.
New York and New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Nagel Rice we take the position that motorcycles are as legitimate as any other vehicles on the road. We are fully prepared to represent you with integrity and diligence, defending your intrinsic right to use your motorcycle as a means of commuting, transportation, and recreation.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, leave it to our talented motorcycle accident attorneys to best strategize ways to protect your rights and fight for you to receive every dollar of compensation you deserve. We will put all our efforts into your case so that you can get on with your life without being haunted by enormous medical and rehabilitation bills while unable to return to work. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury and have become permanently disabled, we will work diligently to obtain damages for you that will support you and your family during the immediate aftermath of the accident and throughout the foreseeable future. Get in touch with us by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website.