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A Primer on Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey

Many motor cycle enthusiasts agree that the unique and open design of a motorcycle is what largely makes motorcycle riding such an enjoyable experience. However, the same design that makes riding a motorcycle so enjoyable, also makes it inherently more dangerous than a motor vehicle. The likelihood of serious bodily injury is far greater on a motorcycle than that when traveling in a regular motor vehicle. In fact, it has been reported that 80% of all accidents involving motorcycles result in death or injury. The types of injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are generally more of a catastrophic nature than that of a motor vehicle accident. Serious multiple fractures are not unheard of in motorcycle accidents as well as substantial parts of an accident victim’s body being covered with a painful condition which is known as “road rash.”

The motorcycle provides no protection to the head of the driver or the passenger. Ejection from a motorcycle is an event that commonly occurs during a motorcycle accident.

A major response of many drivers after a motorcycle accident is that they did not see the motorcycle. The most common type of accident involving an inattentive automobile driver occurs when they make a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Some other causes of motorcycle accidents may be a lack of experience or faulty equipment such as bald tires or loose breaks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you choose an attorney that is familiar with the many different aspects of motorcycle accidents. The causes and intricacies involved with a motorcycle accident are numerous and, therefore, it is important to have a law firm with attorneys experienced in accidents involving motorcycles. This is especially true in the State of New Jersey where the insurance and traffic laws differ between motorcycles and automobiles. For instance, the insurance available for motorcycles in New Jersey is quite different than that for automobiles. Some of these differences may seem slight to the casual observer, but the experienced lawyer knows that these slight differences can have a major impact on the outcome of a motorcycle accident case.
 

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