Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on the injured rider and family. Our firm deals daily with solving the problems of injured riders. Being a motorcycle rider, Jerry takes an aggressive, but personalized approach to the handling of his client’s personal injury claims. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. This means no hourly fees, no up-front costs, and the firm only gets paid when the client collects.
Get Outstanding Legal Representation for Your New Jersey Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident can change your life in an instant. In an accident between a motorcycle and a car, truck, or SUV, the motorcyclist is far more likely to face serious injuries or to die during the crash. While proper safety gear and safe riding techniques can help you avoid accidents, you may be unable to stop someone else from driving dangerously and causing an accident. As unfair as this might be, your situation is not hopeless.
Jerry Friedman, Esq. is an New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer that fights for injured motorcycle riders and their families after serious accidents and injuries. Jerry rides motorcycles himself – a 1987 Heritage Softail Custom – and he knows how scary it can be to be involved in a motorcycle accident. Jerry will fight to get you and your family compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your motorcycle crash. For a free legal consultation on your case, call us today at 1-800-LAW-4-HOGS.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents in NJ Our Lawyer Fights For
While some motorcycle collisions are caused by inexperienced riders or trouble with a dangerous curve or corner, many more accidents are caused by other dangerous drivers on the road. Around 2 out of 3 motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers who don’t see the motorcycle, and about half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, according to NJ government statistics. In New Jersey, there were about 53 fatal motorcycle collisions in 2018, down from 80 in 2017 and 70 in 2016. These accidents and other non-fatal motorcycle accidents were caused by a variety of issues.
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by drunk driving. These crashes may involve intoxicated riders, but other accidents are caused by drunk drivers in other vehicles. Although alcohol is often a related factor in serious motorcycles accidents in NJ, it is not always the only cause.
Most motorcycle accidents occur when other drivers don’t see the motorcyclist. This often means that they were driving negligently by failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to check their blind spots before changing lanes, or failing to signal when they make turns or other moves on the road to warn other drivers. In many of these cases, it is impossible for the motorcyclist to react quickly enough to avoid the accident, and the fault falls squarely on the other driver.
Speed, like alcohol, is a factor in most accidents. If the other driver was speeding and that was a contributing factor in the crash, you can often hold them responsible for their errors. If you were also speeding, it might be a contributing factor, but that might not be the defining cause of the motorcycle accident and might not block your chances of getting compensation.
Other accidents are also caused by other traffic violations, such as texting and driving, failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, failure to yield, and other serious mistakes on the road.
Proving Fault in an NJ Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in NJ, insurance might not be enough to get the compensation you need. Motorcycle crash cases can sometimes be handled through insurance claims, but an insurance payout often excludes damages for pain and suffering and might cover only a portion of the damages you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Talk to motorcycle accident lawyer NJ Jerry Friedman for help understanding what your case is worth and whether a settlement or an insurance payout is enough to cover your damages. If it’s not, we might be able to take your case and fight to get you the full compensation you deserve by taking your case to trial.
To get the compensation you need after a serious New Jersey motorcycle accident or injury, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault. Many of the common causes of motorcycle accidents discussed above involve violations of NJ traffic law that can help a victim prove the other driver was at fault for the crash. In motorcycle cases in particular, there might be other complications that motorcycle accident lawyer NJ Jerry Friedman can help with.
Many people – and potential jurors – might be biased against motorcycle riders. People often assume that a motorcyclist is not being safe simply because they’re riding a motorcycle instead of a car – or because they’re not wearing full body armor to protect themselves. In most cases, these kinds of safety precautions are unnecessary and should not be considered as factors in determining who was at fault for the accident or who contributed to the injuries. Our attorney can help fight these kinds of issues in your case.
In cases where the at-fault driver accuses you of contributing to your own injuries, our attorney can use New Jersey’s comparative negligence laws to fight to make sure that they still pay their fair share for the harm they caused and that your shared fault does not block you from being able to recover compensation in your case.
Call Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Legal Consultation
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, our New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you need. We fight for our clients’ rights and work to get them the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the driver who caused their crash or other responsible parties.
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40+ Years of Helping Riders in New Jersey
Jerry is a 1975 grad of Rutgers Law, life-long resident of New Jersey, and has been representing motorcycle accident victims for over 40 years. During that time, he’s represented thousands of injury victims and helped his clients get compensation for serious injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, motorcycle damage, and even wrongful death of a loved one.
Jerry is a motorcycle rider himself, so he understands the risks and joys of riding. He spends a lot of his free time on his bike – a 1987 Heritage Softail Custom – and he knows first-hand that car and truck drivers can sometimes put motorcycle riders in scary situations through their dangerous driving. Jerry is also heavily involved in motorcycle clubs and has long-time friends in these communities.
Jerry Knows the Riders of New Jersey Because He is One
Don’t Let Someone Else’s Negligence Keep You Off the Road
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, Jerry might be able to help you get the compensation you need. Motorcycle accident cases can sometimes be handled through insurance, with the insurance claim getting you the compensation you need to fix your bike, cover minor injuries, and get you back on the road. However, if your injuries are severe, the insurance companies might not pay everything you need, and you might have to take the at-fault driver or the insurance company to court to get full compensation for your injuries.
Drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs are often the ones who cause serious accidents with motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one was in a crash and had to be hospitalized with serious injuries, needed to take time off work to focus on recovery, or was forced to deal with immense pain and suffering from your injuries, a lawsuit might be the best way to get the compensation you deserve. Damages you can claim against the at-fault driver, their insurance company, commercial trucking and shipping companies, and other drivers on the road can often pay for these damages – plus the costs of repairing or replacing your bike.
Call Jerry Friedman today to schedule a free legal consultation on your case. We can discuss your accident and how it happened, and we can give you an idea of how your case will progress, what damages you might be entitled to, and how we can help you recover after your accident.