According to the federal government, motorcycle accidents cause 35 more deaths in America than car accidents. Due to these statistics, motorcyclists often have to take higher precautions than drivers of regular vehicles.
Because of the nature of the vehicle, motorcycle accidents more often than not lead to serious injury or even death. Our skilled personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Herbert I Ellis, P.C. have more than two decades of experience protecting the rights of automobile and motorcycle accident victims in the New Jersey area. Our goal is to get you back on the road as soon as possible and we do that by providing attentive and accessible representation that meets our clients’ individual needs.
Causes of Motorcycle Crashes:
The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car.
These types of accidents are common between two cars as well, but the motorcycle’s smaller size makes it even less visible to the turning vehicle. Motorcycles that pass cars within the same lane are even more vulnerable—cars don’t expect, and are often surprised by, such motorcycle maneuvers.
Speeding & Alcohol Use
Half of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use. While alcohol use affects the operation of drivers of other vehicles, a drunk motorcyclist will have less protection on his motor vehicle than on a regular-sized car, and thus be more prone to an accident or fatal occurrence.
Collisions Between Motorcycles and Fixed Objects
Motorcycles colliding with fixed objects accounts for 25% of motorcyclist deaths, but just 18% of car crash deaths. Again, because the motorcyclist is not surrounded by a box of metal and is likely to be thrown far and hard, such accidents are more deadly when riding a motorcycle.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Crumbling pavement, potholes, debris, and a lack of necessary signals and signs can all increase a motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.
Know Your Rights
After any type of accident, and especially motorcycle accidents, it is important to know your rights and how you are protected by your insurance company. Understanding your insurance policy is a critical component to obtaining compensation and our attorneys will review your policy for free. You should make sure you are covered for property damage, medical expenses, and are protected for personal injury. It may be the case that the person who causes the collision does not have adequate coverage to provide full compensation to the victim.
In an accident where the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, your own motor vehicle insurance may compensate you for your injuries. Insurance companies will work to mitigate the damages that you have suffered. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney in your area before negotiating with your insurance company to ensure that your rights are protected at all times.
Call an Attorney
We help our clients receive the best compensation possible for the accident at hand, protecting your helping to relieve the pain of any damages caused. At our offices in Freehold, New Jersey, we understand that an auto accident or motor vehicle crash can have a large, long-lasting impact on your health and your future. We can help you hold the negligent driver liable for injuries related to your accident and will assist you in obtaining maximum recovery. Call our office today at 888-355-4752.