Atlantic City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Driving on the Atlantic City Expressway and the other highways in the Atlantic City area can be stressful, let alone driving on the streets of the city themselves. If you are a local motorcycle rider or you were in town for a vacation or conference, you might have suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by other negligent or dangerous drivers on the road.
Jerry Friedman is an Atlantic City motorcycle accident lawyer with decades of experience handling motorcycle injury cases on behalf of people throughout New Jersey. Jerry is a motorcyclist himself, and cases for injured motorcycle riders are the core cases he has been handling for over 40 years. If you or a loved one needs help getting compensation for serious injuries from a motorcycle crash, call Jerry Friedman today at 1-800-LAW-4-HOGS to schedule a free case consultation.
Suing for a Motorcycle Accident in Atlantic City, NJ
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have been in and out of the hospital seeking medical care, and you may now have additional bills for rehabilitation and physical therapy. If your injuries were severe enough, you could have even needed to take time off work, or you might be unable to go back to work at all. Throughout all of this, you could be facing serious mental and physical pain and suffering. In some cases, insurance payouts might be enough to cover your damages, but many cases should be filed as lawsuits instead.
But, what types of damages can victims recover in a motorcycle accident lawsuit? The damages paid though an insurance claim are usually good for covering damage to your motorcycle or compensation for minor injuries that were treated by EMTs or first aid. However, more severe injuries involving substantial pain and suffering cannot usually be covered in full through an insurance claim. In fact, most auto insurance policies will not cover pain and suffering damages at all.
You might need to take the at-fault driver to court to get the compensation you need. How can an Atlantic City motorcycle accident lawyer help? Jerry has handled many lawsuits for victims of motorcycle accidents, and he can help you determine what your case is worth and how to go about getting the maximum compensation you are entitled to. If this means fighting the insurance company for an adequate payout or fighting a trucking company for the damages you need, we will do it. If it means we’ll need to take your case to court and put on a trial to get you the damages you need, we’ll do that, too.
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
Many motorcycle riders are afraid that if they were involved in a crash, the other driver will try to claim it was their fault. Motorcycles are often accused of being hard to see on the road, or their drivers are accused of being unsafe because they choose to ride a motorcycle and should live with the consequences of a crash. This is patently false in most cases, and it isn’t an accurate picture of how the law works.
Victims of auto accidents have the right to sue the at-fault driver for their injuries, and the law determines which driver is at fault by looking at mistakes and errors made behind the wheel. This means that if a driver was speeding, driving under the influence, or running a red light, that will be used to determine who is at fault. The consideration of what vehicle you were operating at the time should not come into play.
If the at-fault driver does accuse you of contributing to your own injuries, we will fight to handle that. In many cases, accusations that the motorcyclist didn’t have enough safety gear on or failed to wear enough pads or body armor should outright fail in court because nothing in New Jersey law requires riders to take such excessive precautions. Instead, our lawyers will focus on the at-fault driver’s actions and their errors to prove who caused the crash since the law does place obligations on them to drive safely, follow traffic rules, and avoid accidents.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Atlantic City?
Atlantic City has several highly traveled highways that get even more crowded in the summer months. Plus, its streets are often quite wide and carry a lot of cars on them each day. The types of crashes that occur in Atlantic City often deal with negligent drivers who are driving around without keeping an eye out for smaller vehicles or motorcyclists, often distracted or at high speeds on these big roads.
Accidents involving a motorcycle can often stem from drivers who do not keep a proper lookout for a bike. If the driver of another vehicle changes lanes without checking their blind spot or fails to notice a small vehicle to their side, they could force the motorcyclist off the road or into another vehicle, causing a crash. Similarly, drivers need to watch their surroundings when they make sudden stops or turns, and failing to notify a motorcyclist around them by using their turn signal could cause a crash.
Other accidents on the city streets could be caused by drivers opening car doors or pulling out into your lane of traffic from a parking lot or parking space. Even if the accident occurred at low speeds, it can still cause serious injuries for the motorcycle rider, potentially leading to substantial financial compensation.
Call Our Atlantic City Lawyers for Motorcycle Accident Victims for a Free Consultation
Jerry Friedman has been representing victims of motorcycle accidents as the core focus of his law practice for over 40 years. As a motorcyclist himself, Jerry knows how scary it can be when other drivers don’t respect motorcycles on the road, and he’s seen so many cases where those drivers were held accountable for their fault in the crash. For help with your motorcycle accident injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit for a loved one who was killed in a motorcycle crash in the Atlantic City area, call our Atlantic City motorcycle accident lawyer today at 1-800-LAW-4-HOGS.