Dealing With a Motorcycle Accident Caused By a Road Hazard
Legal Options for Motorcycle Accidents Involving Road Hazards
An average of 90,000 injuries occur every year as the result of motorcycle accidents. Due to their two-wheel design, motorcycles can be especially prone to accidents caused by road hazards. When a road hazard leads to an injury, it’s important to get in touch with a motorcycle injury lawyer to see if compensation can be sought.
Standard Road Hazards for Motorcycles
Motorcyclists encounter many more hazards on the road than car drivers. Even leaves can cause you to spin out of control and get into an accident. If you’re riding on a rough road that has fallen into disrepair or is damaged because of construction work, there’s a higher accident risk. The same is true if you’re riding on gravel or run into a small animal. Slick surfaces and poor weather are very common reasons behind motorcycle accidents. When a road is wet because of rain, roadway objects such as trolley tracks, leaves, oil, and crosswalk lines can become very slippery. If you’re not careful, your motorcycle could lose its balance and lead you to get into an accident.
Legal Options Available When Your Accident Is Caused By a Hazard
While most road hazards are unavoidable and simply brought about because of inclement weather or bumpy roads, it’s also possible that the road hazard that caused your accident shouldn’t have been there and was the result of negligence. Maybe the road wasn’t properly maintained or hazards weren’t marked properly. There are also times when road speeds aren’t correctly posted, which could lead you to get into a motorcycle accident.
While most road hazards don’t occur because of another party’s negligence, there are some that do. All motorcyclists should be aware of potential negligence-related hazards. Here are some notable examples of road hazards caused by another party’s negligence:
- Road sign is missing or unreadable due to damage
- Street has fallen under disrepair and is dangerous
- Construction area has not been properly marked
- An object has fallen off a vehicle run by a government agency
- Guard rails are missing or damaged
When these cases come up, it’s possible that the highway department or local government would be responsible for the motorcycle accident. This means that they could be held liable for your injuries. These entities are formally in charge of marking hazards and taking care of any poor road conditions. If such responsibilities were neglected, one of these entities could be responsible for paying compensation.
How Our New Jersey Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Can Assist With Your Case
If you feel that the road hazard that caused you to get into a motorcycle accident was avoidable, you may have a case. This is why you should contact our lawyers immediately. If you can prove that another entity was responsible for your motorcycle accident, you might be able to obtain compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are designed to help you get the compensation that you deserve from the at-fault party. The types of compensation that an individual can seek with a personal injury lawsuit include medical expenses, lost wages because of the injury, emotional pain and suffering, some household expenses, and the costs pertaining to future medical care.
When you get in touch with one of our attorneys, we can take an in-depth look at your case to identify what your best legal options are. Once you’ve settled on an approach for obtaining compensation, we’ll assist you by building a strong case that’s aimed at proving that another individual or entity was responsible for the accident and any injuries that occurred as a result of it. This process begins with an initial consultation that will allow us to learn more about the details of your case before full representation begins. It will also give you the chance to ask any questions that come to mind, which should make you more confident about retaining our services.
If you’ve been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, contact our New Jersey motorcycle injury lawyer today at 1-(800) 529-4464. We’ll help you determine if legal action can be taken with your case.