South Brunswick Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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Providing Legal Representation to Injured Riders
As every rider knows, even a short ride through New Jersey on the back of a motorcycle involves a certain degree of risk. While motorcyclists are well-loved by their riders for their speed, mobility, and compact size, all these factors also contribute to devastating injuries. They are considerably less stable than four-wheeled vehicles, have fewer safety features than cars, and riders are more vulnerable to road and weather hazards, especially during a South Brunswick winter.
The South Brunswick auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. understand the struggle riders face following an accident with a negligent driver. We believe that the bias motorcyclists face is undeserved and has no legal basis, which is why we advocate for full compensation when we take on a case. Call us at (609) 240-0040 to ensure insurance companies do not short-change you after an accident.
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How Carelessness Causes Motorcycle Accidents
Often when drivers get on the road, they are focused on their own safety and convenience, but this can easily come at the expense of motorcyclists. All drivers, whether they are driving an 18-wheeler or sports car, must provide a duty of care to everyone around them – otherwise catastrophic injuries can occur. Negligence and inattentiveness are the leading factors in most motorcycle accidents. When a collision between a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle and motorcycle occurs, it is the rider who is likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. Drivers can cause motorcycle accidents in a variety of ways including:
- Negligent left-hand turns: Approximately one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers turning into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, as stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than passenger vehicles, and drivers focused on executing the turn may simply fail to register the motorcycle in the roadway until it is too late.
- Dooring: Like bicyclists, motorcyclists can be seriously injured when a driver or passenger in a parked vehicle opens a car door directly in the path of the oncoming traffic. Simply checking with a turn of their head and an attentive look in the mirror can end the risk of dooring at the source.
- Unsafe lane changes: A motorcycle is smaller than a pickup truck or a car and can easily get lost in a driver’s blind spot. Drivers who fail to signal and perform a head check before changing lanes risk colliding with a motorcyclist.
- Tailgating: Following too closely to the rear of another vehicle is a dangerous activity under any circumstances, but tailgating can be life-threatening when a motorcycle is involved.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted by texting, eating in the car, or any activity that diverts attention away from the road are more likely to cause motorcycle accidents. A distracted driver may fail to see a motorcycle in the road while executing a turn or run into the rear of a motorcycle stopped ahead.
- Impaired driving: In a recent year, alcohol-impaired crashes accounted for 28% of all traffic deaths in the U.S., as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drugs other than alcohol, including prescription medication, are involved in approximately 16% of all motor vehicle crashes. When impaired drivers are on the road, motorcycle riders are even more vulnerable to serious injury or death than other motorists.
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Serious Injuries Sustained by Riders
While riders are trained to maximize their safety with a variety of driving strategies and equipment, they still face real risks every day of serious injury. Motorcycle accident injuries can include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury
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Pursuing Compensation for Injured Motorcyclists
Insurance companies are in business for profit and will try to pay out as little as possible after a serious motorcycle wreck. Pursuing compensation can be a complicated process. Our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability, obtain and preserve evidence to support your claim, assess the full extent of your losses, determine all forms of compensation to which you may be entitled, negotiate with insurance companies for full and fair compensation, and advocate for you at trial when necessary.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we have taken our big firm experience and focused it on clients who truly need our legal aid. Our founding attorneys Gabriel Lependorf and David Silverstein each have more than 25 years of experience negotiating million-dollar settlements for injured victims, and neither one of them is afraid of entering a courtroom. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay us any fees unless we win compensation for you. Contact us at (609) 240-0040 if you have been seriously injured at the hands of another driver in a South Brunswick motorcycle accident.
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