Aggressive NJ Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fight for Your Full Compensation
The Garden State might not be Hollister, CA, but straddling a bike and roaring down the Garden State Parkway still provides greater freedom and exhilaration than you can find in the tight confines of a passenger car. Unfortunately, operating a motorcycle involves greater risk of severe injury or death even in a minor a collision. According to the N.J. Division of Highway Safety, motorcyclists are five times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured and more than 26 times more likely to die in a crash. If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a motorcycle crash, you might have the right to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and your pain and suffering. But only if you can prove that someone else was responsible for the accident. At Brach Eichler, our injury attorneys are dogged investigators and passionate advocates for injured bikers. We fight aggressively to obtain the full compensation you need and deserve.
Common injuries from New Jersey motorcycle accidents
Motorcyclists and their passengers are thoroughly expose in the event of an accident, sustaining impacts from vehicles and/or the hard surface of the road. If a crash occurs at sufficient speed, a rider can skid across the ground for many yards, causing extreme damage to the skin. Resulting injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Road rash
- Neck and spinal trauma, including paralysis
- Wrongful death
Catastrophic injuries alter a rider’s life forever and often require a lifetime of medical and/or personal care. Such injuries cry out for justice. But it takes a skilled and determined attorney to recover the full compensation you deserve.
Determining fault in a New Jersey motorcycle accident
Fault in a motorcycle accident can be difficult to prove. Because bikes are much riskier than passenger cars, there’s a stigma attached to riding. Hollywood, along with criminal gangs such as the Hell’s Angels, has reinforced the image of bikers as rebels who flout the law. That image can be tough to overcome for a plaintiff biker, unless they have a tough trial lawyer on their side.
Our legal team at Brach Eichler has experience with motorcycle accidents, and we aggressively pursue your claim by reconstructing the accident and proving the fault of the other driver.
Accident reconstruction includes expert consultation with engineers who use scientific analysis of the accident scene and physical evidence to determine the sequence of events. Other aspects of reconstruction include reviewing accident reports, obtaining and reviewing satellite photographs of the scene, retrieving surveillance video from security cameras of local businesses, and conducting interviews with witnesses. This type of attention to detail is only something an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can and will do.
How New Jersey’s motorcycle helmet law can affect your case
According to the New Jersey Helmet Law – P.L. 39:3-76.7: “No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the federal DOT. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides.”
Helmet law make sense when you consider the safety facts:
- Even low-speed impacts can be fatal.
- Unhelmeted riders are three times more likely to die from head injuries than riders wearing a DOT approved helmet.
- Helmets do not interfere with a biker’s vision.
- Most crashes occur on short trips, just a few minutes after starting out, so the idea that you’re just running a short errand is no excuse to go out unprotected.
But what happens if you violate the helmet law and get into an accident? How does that affect your right to recover compensation?
The answer depends on the type of injury you are claiming. New Jersey operates under the legal rule of “comparative negligence.” When a plaintiff brings a personal injury lawsuit, the defendant can assert the defense that the plaintiff is also partially responsible for causing his own injuries. If you claim a head injury, the jury could conclude that your negligence in failing to wear a helmet caused you to be injured more severely than you otherwise would have been. If that happens, you might only recover compensation for a minor bump on the head instead of a much more serious traumatic brain injury.
Comparative negligence can be a consideration in any personal injury claim, and insurance companies for defendants often use this law as a tactic to reduce or totally bar a plaintiff’s claim. As your determined advocate, we protect you from allegations of comparative negligence, so you can recover the full, fair compensation you deserve.
Contact an aggressive NJ motorcycle accident lawyer for your accident claim
Brach Eichler Personal Injury provides determined representation for victims of motorcycle accidents throughout New Jersey. Let us help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible for your claim. Call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.