According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012, of those 4,957 motorcyclists were killed- a 7% increase from 2011. Compared to cars and trucks, a motorcyclist is much less protected from injuries in the event of a crash. Even the most attentive and responsible motorcyclist can be involved in a crash because another driver was not paying attention. One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is driver error on the part of other motorists. Other common causes include:
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Intoxicated drivers
- Hazardous road conditions
- Fatigued or distracted drivers
- Excessive speeding or other traffic violations
In order to hold the responsible party liable for the resulting damages of an accident and seek compensation for your injuries it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney. David H. Kaplan has 30 years of legal experience dealing with personal injury claims like those from a motorcycle accident and can help you fight for your right to damages while you focus on healing.
All automobiles registered in NJ, including motorcycles, are required by law to have an insurance policy that covers injuries and losses in the event of an accident or collision. These insurance policies must meet the mandatory minimum limits to protect both the riders and others in the event of an accident.
Additionally, the law requires that all motorcycle riders wear helmets validated by the Department of Transportation and must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license by the state.
There are many types of damages that can be recovered after a motorcycle accident. Common damages include:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy or rehab
- Depression, anxiety, PTSD
- Loss of quality of life
- Property damages
- Punitive damages
Get in touch with the motorcycle accident lawyer, David H. Kaplan, for a free consultation regarding motorcycle accident claims and other injury suits.