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The warm, sunny temperature of New Jersey makes it ideal for relying on your motorcycle for commuting to and from work and throughout town; and the stunning Gulf scenery of the New Jersey area makes it ideal for a pleasure ride.
However, the pleasure you enjoy from riding your motorcycle could be snuffed out if a negligent motorist causes a motorcycle accident. Negligent drivers who are inattentive, drowsy, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause serious motorcycle accidents that can end in life-altering, permanent injuries or death.
To add insult to injury, the majority of these collisions can be prevented if motorists drive cautiously. Continue reading to learn more about your legal options from a New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney.
David A. DiBrigida’s motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to helping clients receive the compensation they deserve after being injured in a motorbike accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Our dedication to fighting for our clients has resulted in millions of dollars in damages being recovered. Our staff has more than four decades of expertise and knows how to investigate, negotiate, and litigate each case we take on to achieve the best possible results. We can’t promise a certain result in your case, but we can promise to fight for you and assist you in holding negligent parties accountable.
We at David A. DiBrigida, LLC are well aware of the devastation that motorcycle accidents may cause. We are also aware of the severe financial difficulty they frequently cause. The cost of an accident frequently exceeds the cost of the physical injuries. We have assisted innumerable people in New Jersey who have been involved in motorcycle accidents, both those who were fortunate enough to survive and the relatives of those who did not.
We’ve gained great insight into the effective litigation of motorcycle accidents in New Jersey thanks to our combined experience of more than 30 years in personal injury law. We understand how to provide a compassionate shoulder of support to our clients while still taking a firm stance against the opposition. We are a firm believer in pursuing financial compensation for our clients with zeal.

What Makes Motorcycles So Risky?

Motorcycles pose a number of particular dangers, putting their occupants at a higher risk of injury in the event of an accident. When considering these threats, keep in mind that bikers and their passengers are not to blame merely because their vehicles pose certain risks.

Motorcycles have the same right to use the roads as cars, and if a motorcycle accident is caused by another driver’s negligence, the at-fault driver is usually still accountable for the harm he or she inflicted.

  • The absence of seatbelts, airbags, and exterior doors or walls are all significant danger considerations when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles are a fraction of the size of the vehicles that collide with them
  • Motorcyclists can be difficult to see, especially at night
  • Motorcycles can easily move for an extended period of time within a driver’s blind area without being seen
  • Other drivers frequently fail to look for motorcycles
  • Other drivers are known to underestimate the distance or speed of motorcyclists
  • On the road, some drivers just do not treat bikers with the respect they deserve.
We want you to call us at (239) 312-0416 if you and your family have been injured in one of these horrific tragedies, no matter how serious or small your injuries appear to be. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in New Jersey are here to assist you in any way we can.

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The firm’s persistent commitment to fighting for their clients has resulted in millions of dollars in negotiated settlements and court-ordered penalties. Because each case is unique, it’s impossible to predict outcomes, but our team will fight for you and do everything we can to establish a solid case against liable parties so that you get the best possible outcome.
David A. DiBrigida’s legal team has more than 30 years of expertise helping injured clients get the compensation they deserve for losses caused by negligent parties in vehicle accidents and injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Serious and Fatal Injuries

Bikers don’t have much protection in a motorbike collision, especially at high speeds. Injuries can be severe, devastating, and even lethal. When a motorcycle accident victim survives, he or she is likely to require considerable medical treatment. The following are some of the most prevalent types of severe injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents:

Injuries to the head

Even if they are wearing a helmet, bicyclists can incur significant head damage in an accident, which can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) usually heal on their own after a few weeks or months. TBIs that are more severe can have long-term consequences and symptoms.

Injuries to the spinal cord.

Severe motorbike accidents can damage the spinal cord tissue, resulting in temporary or permanent loss of function or paralysis. The loss of function is determined by the location of the damage on the spinal cord.

Back problems

Back injuries such as fractured vertebrae and ruptured discs can occur when a rider is thrown off his bike or caught between his motorcycle and a car. Sometimes surgery can fix these issues; other times, victims must live with chronic pain for the rest of their lives.

Amputations

Bikers are sometimes pinned under their bikes or under a vehicle in motorcycle accidents. This can crush the arms and/or legs, resulting in amputation and other serious damage. Those who must have a limb amputated have a long road to rehabilitation that includes both physical and emotional adjustment to the loss of a limb.

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Statistics on Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Lee County, New Jersey Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance in New Jersey

Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is required for New Jersey citizens who register an automobile to protect them in the case of an accident. Motorcycle riders are not required to have personal injury protection (PIP), but many do.
PIP provides a driver or rider with up to $10,000 in coverage to assist pay for medical expenses and lost wages in the event of an accident. PIP insurance in New Jersey cover up to the policy limit 80% of necessary medical treatment and 60% of lost wages. When serious motorcycle accidents happen, it doesn’t take long for the policy limit to be exceeded. Furthermore, PIP policies do not provide compensation for non-economic losses.

After a Motorcycle Accident, Recovering Damages Not Covered by PIP

If your PIP policy limitations have been reached, or if you don’t have PIP coverage, New Jersey law allows you to file a lawsuit against any accountable party who caused you significant injuries in a motorcycle accident, as long as you do so within four years of the date of the event. You may be able to receive the following damages if you settle before trial or if the court determines in your favor:
  • Medical expenses not covered by your PIP coverage, such as ambulance rides, ER visits, hospitalization, radiography, prescription medications, surgery, and follow-up visits
  • Medical treatment costs in the future, such as when a severe injury necessitates weeks or months of rehabilitation, or when an injury results in a permanent handicap that necessitates lifelong medical treatment.
  • Costs of rehabilitation, including as visits to physical therapists and other specialists, as well as assistive devices like crutches, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs
  • Wages lost as a result of time away from work owing to injury, hospitalization, and recovery
  • Earning capacity lost when a serious injury results in permanent disability, prohibiting the wounded individual from returning to work.
  • Non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of consortium with a spouse, and others that may be applicable in a specific instance

Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey: Shared Liability

Liability in some motorbike accidents may be unclear. Even if the car driver bears the most of the culpability, a motorcycle rider may have had a role in the disaster. In most personal injury lawsuits in New Jersey, the notion of “comparative negligence” is applied. Courts employ the concept of shared liability to determine how much a plaintiff is to blame for the accident that caused their injuries. If the court finds the plaintiff partially responsible, the damages awarded are reduced correspondingly. If you suit for $600,000 in damages and the court finds you 10% at fault, you can only get 90% of the money, or $540,000.
Any defendant in a case will go to great lengths to evade accountability, but New Jersey’s comparative negligence regulations encourage defense attorneys to shift blame to the accident victim. The following are some of the points a defense team might make to shift blame for a motorcycle accident to the victim:
  • The biker was speeding or driving irresponsibly, weaving between lanes, in violation of traffic laws.
  • The biker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving.
  • The cyclist was driving while preoccupied.
  • The rider didn’t have a helmet on.
Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys anticipate these arguments and know how to counter them.

Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey: Common Causes

The following is a quick rundown of the most prevalent motorcycle accident reasons in New Jersey. Check out our page for more information: Motorcycle Accidents and Their Causes In New Jersey, car, van, SUV, and truck drivers are frequently involved in motorcycle accidents.

The following are frequently the causes of these tragic events:

  • Excessive speed
  • Driving when drowsy
  • Driving while texting
  • Dangerous driving
  • Paying too much attention
  • Not being able to see the bike in one’s mirrors
  • Not checking for blind spots
  • Driving when inebriated

7 Things to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in New Jersey

David A. DiBrigida’s experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with defense methods to avoid paying out huge settlements or court awards, and we will fight for you to receive the best possible result in your case. However, there are several things you can do right after a motorbike accident to help maximize your chances of getting the most money for your injuries. Following are some suggestions for dealing with a motorbike accident in New Jersey:

Seek medical help as soon as possible.

Even if you are not taken to the hospital by ambulance or if you refuse medical treatment right after the accident, you should still see a doctor. Demonstrating that the motorcycle accident caused your injuries is part of developing a strong case against at-fault parties; medical paperwork acts as this proof and as leverage for negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. Furthermore, some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and internal organ damage, which are common in motorcycle accidents, do not show symptoms straight away. Allowing a doctor to examine you sooner rather than later could mean the difference between life and death.

Obtain contact information from any other people who were involved in the accident.

Most police reports will have all of the information you require, but sometimes officers make mistakes or fail to arrive at the accident scene promptly. If you’re physically able, get the names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and insurance information of the drivers and passengers in the car that hit your motorcycle. You should also obtain the contact information of any eyewitnesses who may have come forward to assist.

Keep track of any financial losses.

Motorcycle accidents are costly, and you’ll need proof of your loss to present to the court. This includes property damage to your motorcycle, medical expenses, gas receipts and mileage to and from the hospital for follow-up appointments, and any other medical-related things you purchase, such as over-the-counter pain medication and out-of-pocket prescription charges. Pay stubs must also be provided to your attorney to demonstrate lost wages throughout your illness and recovery. Save receipts for any improvements you made to your home, such as adding a wheelchair ramp, installing railings, or any other item that made your home more accessible.

Take images with your phone at the scene.

When cleaning personnel and tow trucks come at the motorcycle accident scene, important information may be swept away. Take photos or videos of property damage, road hazards, road conditions, license plates, any visible injuries, and anything else you think would be useful to support your case after a motorbike collision if you are physically able. You may not need them, but if you do, photographic evidence is frequently far more powerful than handwritten information on a police report in court.

Accepting an early settlement offer is not a good idea.

When insurance firms are aware that their clients are at fault, they may attempt to reach a quick and simple settlement. These offers are large enough to be appealing, but they are often far less than what you deserve for your losses. You give up your right to claim for damages when you accept an offer. This shields insurance companies from having to pay a bigger settlement or significant damages if the court rules in their favor. Any offer you receive should always be discussed with an attorney. It’s likely that your lawyer will be able to get you a better deal.

Only discuss your motorcycle accident matter with your lawyer.

Expect your motorcycle accident claim to be investigated by insurance providers, which may entail adjusters interviewing you about the accident. Employees of insurance companies have had significant training in how to elicit responses from you in order to discount your claim, and they will frequently attempt to do so by speaking with family members or close friends. Of course, you’d like to tell your loved ones about the situation, but it’s in your best interest to keep your mouth shut until the claim is settled or litigated, so you or someone you care about doesn’t say something that would lower the value of your claim.

Keep the details of your accident off of social media.

Insurance investigators will look through your social media accounts to see if there are any other ways to lower the worth of your claim. They can seek for photos that show your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim or that you’re recovering faster than you claim. Investigators might easily misinterpret whatever you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media platforms and use it to discredit your allegation. You are not required to erase your social media accounts, but you should limit or stop posting until your claim is resolved.
David A. DiBrigida’s experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers have dealt with insurance companies, investigated accidents, and assisted clients in recovering damages for their injuries. Allow an experienced lawyer to handle the details of your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey

The motorcycle helmet law in New Jersey is tricky. In 2000, New Jersey overturned its universal helmet rule for motorcyclists over the age of 21, removing the requirement for riders aged 22 and above to wear a helmet. However, there is an exemption for the following drivers: Anyone over the age of 21 who has at least $10,000 in medical coverage on their motorbike insurance policy. It’s worth noting that the policy must provide coverage for injuries sustained while driving or riding a motorcycle. The majority of typical personal injury protection (PIP) motor insurance coverage are insufficient. Anyone who is at least 16 years old and is riding a moped rather than a traditional motorcycle. (To qualify for this exception, the vehicle must have a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less, have no more than 2 brake horsepower, and be capable of reaching a top speed of 30 mph on flat ground.) The answer is yes for everyone else. In New Jersey, you must wear a motorcycle helmet. However, because so many drivers fall under these exclusions, it’s not uncommon to see bikers in New Jersey without helmets. Of course, this raises the risk of catastrophic damage or death in an accident, but motorcycle passengers do not forfeit their rights just because they disobeyed the law by not wearing a helmet. Our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys can explain how New Jersey’s motorcycle helmet law applies to your situation.
Yes. Anyone who rides a motorbike in New Jersey, regardless of age, must wear proper eye protection, such as goggles or sunglasses, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT). Passengers in an enclosed sidecar are the only exception.
Motorcycle accidents in New Jersey are frequently caused by inclement weather and bad road conditions. Victims may be able to seek compensation from local governments, who are responsible for ensuring that motorbikes are safe on the roadways (even in bad weather). You might also seek compensation from anyone whose negligence contributed to your losses.
Yes. Motorcycle drivers, like all other drivers, have a legal responsibility to others on the road. Other drivers, pedestrians, bicycles, and even their own passengers are all included. If you were hurt while riding a motorbike in New Jersey, you have the right to sue everyone who contributed to your injuries, including the biker and all other motorists involved.
Contrary to popular assumption, vehicle drivers, not motorcycle riders, are at blame for the majority of New Jersey motorcycle accidents. Visit our New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers practice area website to learn more about how motorcycle accidents occur.
According to studies, accident victims who engage an expert attorney receive significantly more money. In most cases, insurance companies are involved, and they have entire teams dedicated to lowering your payout. An aggressive lawyer can fight back and demand that they pay you what you’re owed – it’s frequently the only way to get at-fault parties to follow the regulations. [Follow these guidelines regarding what to do following a motorbike accident in New Jersey.] Your lawyer can also assist you with: Assist you in easing your strain. Many of your personal injury claim-related chores will be handled for you. Respond to letters and phone calls from the insurance company. As you focus on getting healthy, deal with doctors, hospitals, and other parties who may be violating your rights. Seek reimbursement for all of your recovery-related expenses. You’ll have someone advocating for you and defending your rights at all times. While no outcome can be guaranteed, you can rely on our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys to fight aggressively for you and your family. Our goal is to maximize your compensation.

When a motorcycle collides with a car or truck, the unprotected rider almost invariably suffers injuries, which are typically severe. The following are some of the most common injuries sustained in a motorbike accident:

 

  • face fractures as a result of road rash
  • Bruises, 
  • burns, 
  • limb loss, 
  • spinal cord injuries, 
  • paralysis, 
  • traumatic brain injury (TBI).

 

Injuries can range from minor to severe, but they all result in medical expenditures and lost work time, which can be financially draining. An competent attorney can be extremely beneficial in this situation.

Motorcycle collisions are extremely prevalent. In one recent year, there were 296 motorcycle accidents in the New Jersey region. Just in our neighborhood, there are more than five accidents every week. Ten of these mishaps resulted in fatalities. The New Jersey Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles documented 9,122 motorcycle accidents in a single year across the state. A total of 531 people were killed in these accidents. That’s more than 5% of the total. In the previous two decades, the number of deadly motorcycle accidents has increased across the country. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycle accidents accounted for 14% of all motor vehicle accident deaths in a recent year, which is more than quadruple the number of deaths from ten years before (III). In one year, there were 4,985 fatal motorcycle accidents in the United States.

The number of fatal motorcycle accidents outnumbers the number of motorbikes on the road as a percentage of all vehicles. So, why are there so many motorcycle fatalities every year?

 

The solution is straightforward. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, are extremely vulnerable in the event of an accident. They are not protected by the metal, cushions, or tonnage provided by other vehicles. Furthermore, all motor vehicles on the road outweigh motorbikes, resulting in a higher impact on the motorcycle in the event of a collision.

 

Motorcyclists might be seriously hurt or killed if they are hit by other vehicles or thrown off their motorcycle.

 

Furthermore, many motorcyclists do not use sufficient protection gear. Helmets for motorcycles protect riders from head injuries. While they are compulsory for riders under the age of 21, riders over the age of 21 are exempt if they purchase a $10,000 medical insurance policy.

Motorcycle accidents are very common. The Fort Myers area recorded 296 motorcycle accidents in one recent year. That’s more than five accidents per week, just in our area. Ten of these accidents claimed a life.

In the entire state, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recorded 9,122 motorcycle accidents in just one year. A total of 531 of those accidents claimed a life. That’s more than 5 percent.

Nationwide, fatal motorcycle accidents have spiked in the last two decades. Deaths in motorcycle accidents constituted 14 percent of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents in one recent year, which is more than double the deaths from ten years ago, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Across the U.S., 4,985 fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in one year.

Motorcycle accidents are very common. The Fort Myers area recorded 296 motorcycle accidents in one recent year. That’s more than five accidents per week, just in our area. Ten of these accidents claimed a life.

In the entire state, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recorded 9,122 motorcycle accidents in just one year. A total of 531 of those accidents claimed a life. That’s more than 5 percent.

Nationwide, fatal motorcycle accidents have spiked in the last two decades. Deaths in motorcycle accidents constituted 14 percent of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents in one recent year, which is more than double the deaths from ten years ago, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Across the U.S., 4,985 fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in one year.

Motorcycle accidents are very common. The Fort Myers area recorded 296 motorcycle accidents in one recent year. That’s more than five accidents per week, just in our area. Ten of these accidents claimed a life.

In the entire state, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recorded 9,122 motorcycle accidents in just one year. A total of 531 of those accidents claimed a life. That’s more than 5 percent.

Nationwide, fatal motorcycle accidents have spiked in the last two decades. Deaths in motorcycle accidents constituted 14 percent of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents in one recent year, which is more than double the deaths from ten years ago, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Across the U.S., 4,985 fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in one year.

    • Collisions. Collisions with other vehicles account for more than half of all motorcycle fatalities. A motorcycle can be hit from the side, rear-ended, side-swiped, or hit head-on in a collision. Motorcycle riders are frequently killed in head-on incidents.
    • Accidents involving left-hand turns. Left-hand turns are responsible for about 40% of motorcycle accidents. Many motorists fail to notice the presence of a motorcycle in the same manner that they do cars. A car may be facing a motorcyclist who has the right-of-way to go straight through a stop sign, yet will nevertheless make a left turn directly into the motorcycle’s path. When a motorcyclist passes by the intersection from which the vehicle intends to turn, left turning drivers can be risky since they may turn directly into the motorcycle (or into its path) without seeing it.
    • Splitting lanes. It’s unsafe to drive between lanes of stopped or even slowing automobiles. Why? Not all vehicles will be able to see your motorcycle. They may change lanes or swerve close to the lane’s outer boundary, striking you. Furthermore, even if other vehicles see you, they have significantly less room to swerve to avoid you if you’re traveling between lanes.
    • Speeding. Speeding causes accidents because it makes it more difficult to navigate or stop in time if another vehicle or obstruction arrives. Speeding increases the likelihood of a motorcycle colliding with another vehicle, an item, or the road. According to III, speeding is a factor in 17 percent of all accidents.
    • Alcohol or other narcotics Alcohol or other drugs can impair your judgment, ability to navigate safely, awareness of danger, and reflexes if consumed in excess. According to III, 26% of motorcyclists killed in collisions with other vehicles had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08, the legal limit for intoxication. At that level or greater, motorcyclists might be arrested for driving under the influence. In single vehicle fatal motorcycle accidents, 39 percent of the riders had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above.
    • Objects that cannot be moved. Motorcyclists are at risk from a variety of stationary objects, including barricades, trees, poles, parked automobiles, and so on. While they are dangerous to all motorists, they are especially dangerous to motorcyclists, since the rider can easily be thrown from the bike or collide with the objects. Collisions with stationary objects account for roughly 25% of fatal motorcycle accidents.
    • Hazards on the road Motorcyclists might be put in risk by everyday road conditions. Cars can safely drive on wet or icy pavement with care; however, the same conditions are significantly more dangerous for a motorcycle rider. Motorcycles can also skid or spin off on roads that are in bad condition, including potholes, uneven levels, and unrepaired places.

    Motorcyclists may also hit with roadside objects such as old tire tread, animals struck by vehicles, or truck cargo that has fallen. All of these things can endanger a motorcycle rider.

Injuries that could occur include:

 

  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Sprains
  • Rashes on the road
  • Bones are broken.
  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Various types of traumatic brain injuries
  • Damage to the nerves
  • Internal wounds
  • Loss of limbs is a common occurrence.
  • Damage to or loss of vision
  • Scarring and deformity are common side effects of surgery.
  • Burns 
  • Coma

Motorcyclists involved in an accident should follow the same rules as all other drivers in New Jersey. If you are conscious, call 911 (or local law enforcement) right away to report the accident.

 

Do not flee the area. Leaving the site of an accident that has resulted in injury, death, or property damage is illegal in New Jersey. All motorists should pull over to the side of the road, offer reasonable aid to those who are hurt, and present their identification and insurance information.

 

When you dial 911, emergency first responders will be dispatched to a major accident. Allow them to take you to an emergency room if they think you need to go (the laws against leaving the scene of an accident do not apply in this case).

 

Stay at the site to speak with law enforcement if the emergency team judges that you are not enough harmed to need emergency hospital treatment. They’re going to file a police report. Make certain you have a copy.

 

To law enforcement, show your driver’s license and registration.

 

All other drivers should exchange contact and insurance information.

 

Take pictures of the accident site, including the location, weather, and all vehicles, if you have a smartphone. Taking pictures of your injuries is also a good idea.

 

If you don’t have access to a smartphone, make notes on the accident as soon as possible, including what happened, what you recall, and the extent of your injuries.

 

If there are any eyewitnesses, you should also get their contact information.

 

After you’ve done that, make an appointment with a doctor as soon as feasible. Even if you don’t feel or appear to be hurt, do this. Concussions and broken ribs are examples of injuries that don’t show symptoms for a long time. Only a doctor can tell if you’ve been hurt or not.

 

Keep all accident records, including police reports, information from other drivers, eyewitness accounts, photographs, and medical records.




The laws governing motorbike insurance in New Jersey are complicated. Before registering a vehicle with four or more wheels, the state requires that the driver acquire personal injury protection and property damage liability auto insurance. For these vehicles, the state uses a no-fault insurance system, which means that in the event of an accident resulting in harm, drivers must first contact their own insurer for coverage.

 

Motorcycles are subject to many of the same insurance regulations as cars in many states. New Jersey, on the other hand, does not. Motorcycles are not covered by no-fault legislation because they are not four-wheeled vehicles.

 

As a result, if you are wounded in a motorbike accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can either seek compensation from the responsible party’s insurance provider or file a personal injury lawsuit.

 

The term “negligence” refers to the failure of the other party to exert the level of care that a reasonably sensible person would have exercised. For example, a speeding driver who rear-ends you is arguably negligent because speeding is both illegal and dangerous. Negligent parties are liable—financially liable—for the damages that their acts produce.

 

It’s also worth noting that motorbike accidents aren’t always caused by other drivers. Defective components and equipment can also cause motorcycle accidents, in which case the producer of the parts and equipment may be held accountable.

 

If you want to prove that another party was irresponsible, you’ll need records and other information. Keep all police reports and other information you get from the authorities. Keep all of your accident-related notes and photos. All medical records should be kept. All of these can be used to prove that someone was negligent.

The at-fault party’s insurance carrier must determine that its insured was at fault in order to get reimbursement, which requires evidence.

 

Insurance firms frequently argue that their insured was not at fault, even though they were. This is one of the reasons why persons who have been wounded should maintain all accident records. Insurance firms are also skilled at persuading insured customers to accept a settlement that is less than their claim is worth.

 

Victims might file a personal injury lawsuit if the insurance company refuses to settle for a reasonable price. In that situation, a judge and jury examine the evidence before deciding how much money the wounded individual should receive. A personal injury lawsuit frequently includes expert testimony about the victim’s injuries, prognosis, and the impact of the injuries on the victim’s life.

 

Insurance companies or litigation can often provide the following compensation to injured people:

 

  • Expenses for doctor’s appointments, hospitalization, surgery, prescription medicine, physical therapy, and other medical services;
  • Medical costs that will be incurred in the future;
  • Wages lost as a result of the accident at work;
  • Future earnings are likely to be lost as a result of work; and
  • Suffering and pain.



While riding a motorbike can be risky, we understand that many individuals like riding their motorcycles beneath New Jersey’s blue skies on a spring day—or any other season.

 

By following these tips, you can make your ride safer.

 

  • Put on a helmet. Although New Jersey motorcyclists aged 21 and up can opt out of the legislation requiring them to wear a helmet by acquiring medical insurance with a benefit amount of $10,000 or more, this is just not a smart idea. Motorcyclists have been shown to be safer while wearing a helmet. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it reduces the risks of a motorcyclist being killed by 37 percent in the event of an accident. Riding without a helmet puts you at danger of not just death, but also significant injury that can have a long-term impact on your life. Riding without a helmet increases your chances of suffering a TBI, skull fractures, head wounds, and other serious injuries.
  • Wear protective gear. While not all riders are required to wear helmets, it is a global law to wear appropriate eye protection (as determined by the state Department of Transportation). Dirt, dust, wind, gravel, inclement weather, fog, and the sun can all damage your visibility and ability to operate the bike if you don’t use eye protection. These components can also cause substantial eye injury, whether or not they cause an accident—and they can easily induce a crash.
  • It is not a good idea to drink and drive. If you’re driving under the influence, your chances of getting into an accident increase dramatically. The same goes for riding a motorcycle while under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Don’t drive while you’re distracted. Driving while distracted is dangerous. While New Jersey’s distracted driving legislation does not specifically include cell phone use, it does make it criminal to fail to pay attention to the road and other drivers. It makes it illegal to send or receive data using a digital gadget. Other sources of manual, visual, and cognitive distraction are also prohibited. To put it another way, don’t be so taken aback by New Jersey’s beauty that you don’t notice the road in front of you.
  • Make yourself visible. Motorcyclists must increase their visibility because cars don’t seem to register motorcycles the same way they do other vehicles. At night, always drive with your lights on. Dress in vivid colors. Bright, reflective designs can be added to your helmet and bike.
  • Driving defensively is a good idea. Defensive driving is usually a good idea, but it’s especially important for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists must consider what other drivers might do that could endanger them. Is it possible that you’re pulling out without recognizing you have the right of way? You’ve made the decision to change lanes into yours. Always be on the lookout for chances.

 

If you require any information, please contact our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys right away.



At David A. DiBrigida, LLC, this is never an issue. We take every New Jersey motorcycle accident case on a contingency basis, which means our clients pay no up-front or out-of-pocket expenses. You only pay us if your case is successfully settled or won. Even so, our charge is a percentage of the overall award. There’s nothing to lose!

 

During your free consultation, we will go over all of our billing practices in further detail before you sign anything or decide to hire us.



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At David A. DiBrigida, we know how to avoid financial blame for a motorcycle accident by utilizing defense methods and insurance company tactics. We will establish a solid case on your behalf to make it difficult for the defense to shift blame to you. A motorcycle accident can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial effects for you and your family; we realize how stressful this time is for you.
We understand that money will not be able to undo your injuries, but it can help you relieve financial stress and establish or maintain a sound financial foundation. You should not be forced to bear a financial burden as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Contact us online or call 239-312-0416 to book a free case evaluation with one of our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident.

About the Author of this Page

The above information was written or reviewed by one of the attorneys at David A. DiBrigida LLC who have a combined experience of nearly 60 years: David A. DiBrigida. The information provided in this article comes from years of experience trying legal cases outside and inside courtrooms throughout New Jersey along with extensive research. Our services are available to the residents of New Jersey , Naples, Cape Coral, and any other area in New Jersey.

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For a man who was rear-ended striking his knee on the dashboard requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair it.
INSURANCE OFFER
$10,000
WHAT WE GOT
$90,000
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$125,000
WHAT WE GOT
$500,000

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