Atlantic City Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you ride a motorcycle, you know the thrill of the open road. It’s also important, however, to remain cognizant of just how much trauma and danger a motorcycle accident can present. When you straddle your bike, after all, you have nothing but your gear to protect you from the impact of an accident. Always make motorcycle safety your priority and understand the injury and accident risks.
If another driver’s negligence injured you in a motorcycle accident, you no doubt feel overwhelmed and probably aren’t sure how to proceed. Serious motorcycle accidents can derail your life in a split second. If you suffered an injury, you need experienced legal counsel. Consult with a skilled Atlantic City motorcycle accident lawyer at The Levin Firm today.
Motorcycle Accidents: The Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shared these startling motorcycle accident statistics in 2015:
Motorcycle-related deaths increased to 8 percent more than the 2014 rate.
Motorcyclists constitute 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, 4 percent of all traffic injuries, 17 percent of all occupant fatalities (which include both drivers and passengers), and 4 percent of all occupant injuries.
Motorcyclist fatalities took place almost 29 times more often—per vehicle-mile traveled—than fatalities among car drivers and their occupants.
If such an accident injured you, first seek immediate medical attention, then obtain experienced legal counsel. The skilled legal team at The Levin Firm has the experience, commitment, and knowledge to help guide your claim toward its most beneficial resolution, and we’re here to protect your rights.
Helmets Save Lives
Motorcycle helmets save lives, so if you ride (at the helm or as a passenger), New Jersey law requires you to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet that fits. Wearing a helmet can not only save your life but can bolster your motorcycle accident claim at the same time. Helmets, however, do not prevent all head injuries—a percentage of riders suffer brain injuries and head trauma when they crash, even when wearing helmets.
Your Injuries And Compensation
If someone else’s negligence injured you in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you no doubt feel overwhelmed. Such serious and long-lasting—or even permanent—injuries may lead to indeterminately mounting medical expenses. These ongoing expenses often include lost wages and diminished earning potential, long-term medical costs, lost companionship, and the pain and suffering associated with these dreadful accidents.
Serious Injuries That Motorcyclists Commonly Sustain Include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Muscle and soft tissue tears
- Broken or crushed bones
- Cracked ribs
- Punctured lungs and other organ injuries
- Broken jaws and facial fractures
All of the above injuries—among others—require immediate, sometime ongoing, but always costly medical treatments. In addition, many of these injuries can prevent you from working or performing household duties, which can cause many complications and losses for you and your family.
Because of your extensive losses, know when you have the right to seek compensation from any negligent drivers or other parties that caused your accident.
Negligence that can cause motorcycle crashes includes:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Speeding, tailgating, and other aggressive driving behaviors
- Running traffic signals
- Failing to yield
- Selling motorcycles with defective parts
- Dangerous road hazards
Once you determine who caused your motorcycle accident, you will need to present evidence to prove fault, whether you pursue an insurance claim or file a personal injury claim in civil court. In many cases, persuasive evidence of negligence can help you obtain a favorable settlement without having to go to court—and our legal team can gather and present evidence in your favor.
A motorcycle accident can indeed become overwhelmingly complicated very quickly. Furthermore, evidence in support of your claim can swiftly deteriorate. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer, however, can help ensure that your claim continues to effectively and efficiently move toward the compensation to which New Jersey law entitles you.
New Jersey’s Shared Fault Approach
If you share some of the blame—or fault—for a motorcycle accident that injures you, New Jersey law still provides you with the opportunity to recover partial damages.
New Jersey employs a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that the degree of fault that each party contributed to the accident will factor into the legal result of the case. In other words, if you are partially at fault for the accident, the jury will deduct your percentage of fault from your compensation. If you are less than 50 percent responsible, however, you can still obtain important compensation to put toward your medical expenses and other losses, so you should still consult with an attorney about your legal rights.
If A Motorcycle Accident Injured You, Contact An Experienced Atlantic City Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Motorcycle accidents can seriously overwhelm you. If a motorcycle accident injured you, you know just how much trauma it can cause. Motorcycle accident claims are complicated, but there’s no need to navigate your claim on your own. Allow the experienced legal team at The Levin Firm in Atlantic City to guide your claim in support of its best possible resolution. Our skilled, dedicated, and compassionate motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help, so please contact us online or call our team at (215) 825-5183 to schedule a free consultation today.