The Results of a Motorcycle Accident Can be Horrendous
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Thu May 2018
Spring seems to have skipped New Jersey. It’s particularly troublesome to you, as you have a passion for motorcycles. You just purchased a new motorcycle, helmet, gloves, and protective jacket. Now that the weather is warm and the days are longer, you’re excited to go riding. But with more riders taking to New Jersey roads this season, there will also be more motorcycle accidents.
You decide to take a riding road trip one sunny Saturday afternoon in the direction of the shore. As you’re riding your motorcycle on the Garden State Parkway, an SUV changes lanes abruptly without signaling. Before you have time to react, the vehicle collides with you and your bike. You lose control of the motorcycle, and you and your bike get knocked down.
Your injuries are serious. They include head injuries, even though you were wearing a helmet. You also sustained broken ribs and a fractured arm—even with the protective gear—and road abrasion from being dragged along the pavement. Fortunately, your bike’s fuel tank did not catch fire and cause you burns. You’re hurting too badly even to consider counting your lucky blessings.
Negligent Drivers Can Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating and catastrophic. They can result in very serious injuries, medical and financial consequences, and personal trauma.
All things considered, just about everyone know that hopping on a bike can be dangerous. If you are riding and are in an accident with another vehicle and are hurt badly, you should not move and wait for help to arrive. If you are able to get up and move, pull yourself and your motorcycle to the side of the road as quickly as possible. If the bike cannot be moved, just move out of harm’s way. It’s also important to exchange information with the other motorist, take pictures of the scene of the accident, and call the police.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than two-thirds of motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles occur when the vehicle driver does not see the motorcycle.
In your riding accident on the Garden State Parkway, the SUV driver did not exercise care—and you were the victim. Perhaps the driver was distracted by a cell phone. In fact, maybe the other motor vehicle operator just failed to pay attention.
That said, the public’s perception can often be that motorcyclists are reckless and are to blame when they are involved in a traffic accident. There is a stereotype of motorcyclists as defiant rule-breakers. Although motorcycle accidents can be the fault of the rider, they are more often the result of negligent automobile drivers.
The other driver may argue that that the motorcyclist did something to contribute to the crash. And insurance companies tend to try to blame the motorcyclist for the accident. It can become very complicated. That’s the reason it’s critical to consult with an attorney experienced in representing victims of motorcycle accidents.
Help for Injured Motorcyclists
If you are a motorcycle accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo know that being in a motorcycle accident is traumatic. We will help you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Call us today for a free consultation.