Hiring a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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Motorcycle accidents are a serious issue in New Jersey.
When this type of crash does occur, the consequences can be especially devastating for the victim.
According to the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, bikers are nearly 5 times more likely to face injuries from an accident than are occupants of full-sized vehicles.
Even more alarming is that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than are people in cars.
Each year many New Jersey families deal with the devastation that comes with a serious wreck.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 68 people died in motorcycle accidents in New Jersey in 2016.
Many more sustained terrible, sometimes life-changing injuries. Safe driving or more caution could have prevented many of these crashes.
Following a crash, motorcycle accident victims must be able to obtain compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, the big insurance companies do not make financial recovery easy. Jordan B. Rickards is a trial-tested New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer who has the skills and tenacity required to help injured victims recover every penny that they deserve. If you or a family member is facing injuries from a motorcycle crash, please contact our office today for a free consultation.
Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
All bikers should wear a Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmet at all times when on the road. Sometimes a motorcyclist does everything right and things still go wrong. When they do, they could sustain severe injuries. The fact is that motorcyclists have relatively little protection. They are inherently exposed to danger. Mr. Rickards knows how important it is for motorcyclists to recover financial compensation for their injuries. We handle all types of motorcycle accident injury claims. A list of the most common motorcycle accident injuries includes:
- Road rash;
- Deep lacerations;
- Biker’s arm;
- Bone fractures;
- Joint injuries;
- Muscle injuries;
- Soft tissue damage;
- Back injuries;
- Facial injuries;
- Internal organ damage;
- Severed limbs;
- Spinal cord damage; and
- Partial or total paralysis.
We Understand the Unique Challenges Facing Injured Motorcyclists
We all know how pop culture portrays motorcyclists. Society sees them as risk takers and thrill seekers. In reality, these are false and unfair stereotypes. Yet, sadly, these stereotypes have some adverse real-world implications. When an accident occurs between a full-sized vehicle and a motorcycle, and fault for the crash is under dispute, insurance adjusters often look at the motorcyclists with skepticism.
The false stereotypes sometimes make it more difficult for motorcyclists to receive fair treatment in the personal injury claims process. Many people simply assume the motorcyclist must be to blame for the wreck. In reality, motorcyclists are less likely to cause multi-car accidents than are other drivers. As found in the ‘Hurt Report’, a well-regarded motorcycle crash research paper, drivers of standard vehicles are three times more likely to be at fault for multi-car crashes that involve motorcycles than are bikers. Other more recent studies have come to similar conclusions.
Sadly, far too many New Jersey drivers do not watch out for bikers. They consistently fail to safely share our state’s roadways with motorcycles. Jordan B. Rickards is an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to help injured bikers combat unfair stereotypes so that they can recover the full financial compensation they deserve.
Crash Victims Have Limited Time to File a Claim
New Jersey’s two-year statute of limitations governs all motorcycle injury claims. With very limited exceptions, this two-year clock starts to tick from the date of the accident. After a motorcycle collision, initiate a claim within two years. If you don’t, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case.
While two years may seem like plenty of time to bring your legal case, there is absolutely no reason to wait to get started. A sturdy foundation of supporting evidence is critical to a winning motorcycle accident claim. The more time that passes, the more difficult much of the key evidence will be to obtain. To ensure that you can maximize your financial recovery, you should hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Motorcycle Accident Liability in New Jersey
New Jersey is one of a relatively small number of states that has a ‘no-fault’ insurance law on the books. This law has major ramifications for motorcycle accident injury claims. In New Jersey, motor vehicle accident victims must first seek compensation for medical damages from their own insurance policy. Under New Jersey law, all motorists must carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This type of policy covers injured people regardless of who was at fault for the accident. For accidents that result in mild or moderate injuries, the victim’s only legal claim may be against their no-fault policy.
However, there are also circumstances in which motorcycle accident victims can hold negligent parties legally liable for their crash. In New Jersey, injured motorcycle accident victims can bring a ‘fault-based’ personal injury claim if they sustained a sufficiently severe injury. Specifically, an injured motorcyclist must have:
- A displaced fracture;
- Substantial disfigurement or scarring;
- Dismemberment; or
- A permanent injury.
In addition, in cases in which a motorcyclist dies in an accident, the immediate family members or estate of the deceased has the legal right to bring a fault-based wrongful death claim. However, proving fault can be challenging. Victims should not handle a fault-based claim alone. If you or a loved one is considering filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit in New Jersey, you should consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer immediately.
Compensation Available for Injured Victims
Recovering fair compensation is not as simple as proving liability or submitting your no-fault claim. You will only be able to recover compensation to the extent that you can prove your damages. This is true whether you seek financial relief from your own personal injury protection (PIP) or MedPay coverage or from another party.
Insurance companies will work aggressively to undervalue or deny certain types of damages. If you were seriously injured in a crash, it is crucial that you work with an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer. They can help ensure you receive full compensation.
This could include money for:
- Property damage;
- Emergency room bills;
- Other ongoing medical expenses;
- Visits to specialists;
- Prescription drugs;
- Medical devices;
- Rehabilitative medical care;
- Long-term disability;
- Loss of wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Reduced quality of life; and
- Wrongful death damages.
How to Hire the Best New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
1. Look for a Personal Injury Lawyer With Relevant Experience
Motorcycle accident victims need an experienced advocate by their side. You should look for a lawyer who has prior experience handling motorcycle accident injury claims in your local area. An experienced lawyer will be able to guide you through the entire process. They will ensure that you maximize your financial compensation.
2. You Need a Motorcycle Lawyer Who Can Hold the Insurance Company Accountable
Large insurance companies handle the majority of motorcycle accident injury cases. You cannot rely on insurance companies for competent guidance through the process. All insurance companies, including your own, look out for their own profit margins. To hold the insurance company accountable, you should look to hire an aggressive New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney like Jordan B. Rickards. Mr. Rickards understands all of the settlement strategies and claims tactics used by the big insurance carriers.
3. Hire a Trial-Tested, Results-Focused Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For injured victims, nothing is more important than successful results. After a New Jersey motorcycle crash, you need a full settlement offer that will pay all your medical bills, cover the full value of your lost wages, and compensate you for any pain and suffering, disability, or disfigurement. The best New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer is one who will focus on getting you results. While most personal injury claims settle before litigation, there is always the possibility that you will need to take your case to court. Is it imperative that you hire a trial-tested lawyer. Jordan B. Rickards has handled more than 3,000 cases and he has deep experience handling all sides of trials in Central New Jersey.
Were You Injured in a Motorcycle Crash in Central New Jersey?
We can help. At The Law Office Of Jordan B. Rickards, our skilled motorcycle accident lawyer has helped many injured victims recover full financial compensation for their damages. If you or a family member is facing injuries from a motorcycle crash, our legal team wants to help. To request your free, no risk initial consultation, please contact our law firm today. With an office in Milltown, we represent injured motorcycle accident victims throughout Central New Jersey.