Financial Relief After A Motorcycle Accident
We love to ride in New Jersey. Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom of taking their bikes down the state’s routes and city streets. Unfortunately, though motorcycles have the right to the road as much as four-wheeled vehicles do, far too many careless car and truck drivers crash into riders each year.
Motorcycle accident victims in Ocean and Monmouth counties trust the Law Office of Donald W. Bedell to get the rightful compensation for their injuries. We take pride in getting the job done for all of our clients with efficient and aggressive legal support.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Some drivers fail to respect motorcyclists’ safety. Here are just a few common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Cars changing lanes without signaling or looking carefully enough first
- Drivers who try to make a left turn without yielding to an oncoming motorcyclist
- Drivers who fail to notice that the motorcycle in front of them has stopped or slowed down
All of these scenarios have one thing in common: Car and truck drivers either fail to notice that a motorcycle is nearby or fail to acknowledge the rider’s right of way. No matter how defensively and alertly riders act, sometimes they cannot avoid getting hit by a much larger vehicle.
Drivers Vs. Riders
The rider is almost always the most seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash. Virtually all four-wheeled vehicles have seat belts, airbags, crumple zones and other safety equipment. Motorcycles have none of these. Even with helmets, riders are vulnerable to severe brain trauma, spine injuries and other debilitating bodily harm.
Answering Your Questions
Many injured drivers have a lot of questions about their accidents and resulting claims, and we have taken the time to answer some of the most common questions we get here:
What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident?
After an accident, your health should be your first priority. Call the police for the medical attention you or anyone else needs and to receive a police report for the accident. Next, if you are able to safely move about the accident, take photos and videos of the crash and gather recordings of any witness testimony. Be sure to collect the license, insurance and car information of the driver who hit you. Finally, contact our team for the representation you deserve.
What information should I exchange with the other motorist following the accident?
Some information is vital to obtain after an accident, so make sure you exchange contact and address information, insurance details, vehicle information, details of the accident and any information you collected with the other driver. By doing this, you ensure everyone has the information they need after an accident.
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in New Jersey?
A victim of an accident has two years from the date of the incident to file a claim, though they should act as soon as possible to file a claim. The sooner you file a claim, the stronger the evidence in your claim can be and the sooner you receive the outcome you deserve in your claim.
What types of compensation can I pursue after an accident?
The goal of a personal injury lawyer is to maximize the compensation their clients earn in their claims. While every settlement in these cases should include the economic and noneconomic costs of the accident, in addition to pain and suffering, we can fight to see that that includes consequences like lost income, loss of earning potential, medical bills, loss of limb, loss of child, loss of consortium and other factors.
How is fault determined after a motorcycle accident?
New Jersey uses the comparative fault system to determine who is at fault in these accidents. As long as someone is more than 50% liable for the accident you are in, they are at fault for your injuries. Insurance findings, police reports and footage of the accident can help determine what percentage of fault each party has in an accident.
Take The First Step Today. Talk To Our Lawyer.
For a free initial consultation about your motorcycle accident with our attorney, Donald Bedell, please call our office at 732-348-3439. If you prefer, you can email us instead to schedule an appointment. Our office is in Brick, New Jersey, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties and the Jersey Shore area.