Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence. When these accidents do happen, they can be severe, and even deadly. It is important to know what to do in the event of a motorcycle accident in New Jersey. Read on to learn more.
How do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Unfortunately, due to their nature, motorcycles are extremely dangerous. As a result, the accidents that occur are often serious. In some cases, motorcycle accidents are a result of bad weather, poor road conditions (sharp turns, potholes, etc.), or faulty/defective motorcycle parts. But, the majority of accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Eating/smoking while driving
- Ignoring lights, signs, and other rules of the road
If a driver participates in any of the above behavior, and an accident occurs, he or she will likely be held responsible.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. In order to do this, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, many motorcyclists have been wearing bodycams in order to document any accidents that occur. It is important to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more. You should be sure to go to the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. You should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.