The Garden State’s open roads and gorgeous views invite motorcycle riders from all over the country. However, not every trip ends well. Unfortunately, many New Jersey motorcyclists fall victim to the inattention of vehicle operators and sustain an injury from a crash. With an 82% chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident, having experienced representation capable of establishing liability and recouping your medical costs and other damages is crucial.
Severe and permanent injuries that leave lasting impacts can keep you from returning to the life you led before the accident. With a Lakewood motorcycle accident lawyer from The Rothenberg Law Firm as your advocate, you ensure that every possible step will be taken in your case to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free legal consultation and find out how we can help you start to get your life back on track.
What Steps to Take After Your Motorcycle Accident
If you do find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, following these steps will help your lawyer establish liability and build a strong case for compensation.
Call 911 and Get Medical Attention
Even if you don’t feel like you have sustained any serious injuries, it is important you get a medical exam following a motorcycle crash, as your adrenaline may be numbing you to any sort of pain. Additionally, you may be suffering from internal injuries that you might not realize.
If possible, try to take photos of your motorcycle, any injuries, skid marks, and damage on the other vehicle. You can also try to get the names/numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
Call a Lakewood Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Costs incurred during recovery after a motorcycle accident can add up quickly. Even worse, permanently sustained injuries can affect you for the rest of your life. Long-term physical or cognitive disabilities can seriously impact your earning capacity and career advancement opportunities. Having a motorcycle accident attorney experienced in this specific area of law will give you the best chance at establishing liability and recovering the full extent of your losses. The legal professionals at The Rothenberg Law Firm will put you in the best position to win.
What Damages Are Available?
After you speak to a Lakewood personal injury attorney, our team will get to work on establishing liability and recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In a motorcycle injury lawsuit, initial medical costs, continued care and physical therapy costs, and other medical expenses will be factored into the amount of compensation you deserve. Additionally, if your injury is serious enough to keep you from returning to work for any period, or even at all, we will pursue compensation to cover your lost wages and future wages. A motorcycle injury lawsuit can also earn you compensation for physical pain and mental suffering resulting from the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle crash.
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable operators on New Jersey roads. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than the occupants of passenger cars to die in a motor vehicle crash and five times more likely to be injured.
The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety reports that more than half of motorcycle crashes that involve other vehicles occur at intersections, and more than two-thirds occur when the vehicle’s driver does not see the motorcycle.
With the odds so strongly stacked against riders, it’s important they take every measure possible to prevent an accident.
First and foremost, New Jersey law requires motorcyclists to wear a DOT-approved helmet. Unhelmeted riders are three times more likely to die from head injuries than riders who are wearing a DOT-approved helmet at the time of the crash. Proper eye protection, jacket, pants, footwear, and handwear can all aid in preventing serious injury from an accident.
In addition to proper protective clothing and equipment, proper education can also assist riders in avoiding injury. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training Program offers a variety of preventative education resources, including defensive driving techniques and environmental conditions-based operation.
Rothenberg Law Firm Is Your Trusted Advocate
Representing the good people of Lakewood Township has been a privilege. We have over 50 years of experience with billions won and collected for our clients!
If you’ve been hurt while riding your motorcycle, you’ve got a lot to deal with right now, along with big questions and doubts about your future. Our goal is to bring you peace of mind by taking the burden of legal action off of your shoulders and making it clear to the insurance companies that no effort or resource will be spared in maximizing the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation.