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Motorcyclists Are Vulnerable to Negligent Drivers

Motorcycle accidents can be extremely destructive and sometimes life-changing. Victims of motorcycle accidents will need financial compensation in damages to help recover fully and move on with their life. Usually motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles and when investigating an accident it is important to discover the liable party. 

Motorcycle Accidents 

According to a 2014 survey, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash per mile traveled when compared to other passenger cars. Just as startling are the reports that these same motorcyclists were more than five times likely to be injured. Unfortunately the driver of the commercial or passenger vehicle may cause the accident by acting negligently. The victim of the accident will have to pursue legal support to get the financial award they deserve.


It is hoped that everyone driving on the road is driving with careful attention. A driver is responsible for driving with care around other drivers to avoid injury. The most important factor when deciding liability is whether or not the driver was acting negligently. If the driver was acting carelessly of the other vehicles on the road, they are probably negligent. A commercial or passenger vehicle can be partially or fully responsible for a motorcycle accident. 

The Other Driver 

In an accident, a car will cause more damage than a motorcycle. Because motorcyclists lack the same kind of protection afforded in other types of motor vehicles, they are, unfortunately, more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident. If the other driver is responsible, they might pay for the victim for damages. 

Here are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents: 

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Car doors
  • Speeding 
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Lane-splitting 
  • Sudden stops
  • Inexperienced drivers 
  • Left-turn accidents
  • Dangerous road conditions 
  • Motorcycle defects 

A motorcycle accident victim should hire an experienced personal injury attorney who can open an investigation to find whether or not the other driver caused the accident. If the other driver was speeding, driving recklessly or under the influence, they might have liability. Motorcycle victims can receive financial award for different types of damages. 

Different Types of Damages 

It is possible that the victim will receive damages for medical treatment ranging from hospital bills, surgery, and physical therapy. Most motorcycle accidents will also need damages in property. Some accidents are so severe that the victim will not be able to work for some time and require award for lost wages. Depending on the extent of the accident, the victim may be awarded compensation for pain and suffering and the judge may rule punitive damages for the motor vehicle driver. 

Get a Good Defense

That said, compensation may not be possible if the biker is responsible even if only partly for the accident. This means all additional costs that are not covered by health and auto insurance will have to be paid out of pocket. Also, it is increasingly difficult when the victim must miss work. It is always best to seek legal counsel in these circumstances to know how to proceed and what may be mitigated with financial problems.

Contact a Clark Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Attorney Andrew Prince Esq. represents clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and throughout New Jersey. Call (908) 304-9187 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 136 Central Ave Suite 301, Clark, NJ 07066, as well as offices in West New York.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.