How Can I Recover Compensation Following a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident?

Many people across the state of New Jersey use motorcycles as their primary means of transportation. Additionally, with the warm summer and picturesque fall months coming up, several bikers will leisurely take to the roads on the weekends. Motorcycles are fun, sleek, and great on gas, which makes them the ideal mode of transportation for people all over the state. Unfortunately, motorcycles are also more at risk than virtually any other motor vehicle on the road. Since bikers have virtually no protection from oncoming traffic, one can imagine motorcycle accidents usually result in severe injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have: 

What are the most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents have a wide array of causes, and many of them are out of motorists’ hands. For example, inclement weather conditions, such as black ice, or heavy rain. In the coming months, motorcyclists will have to be very careful about driving over wet leaves, especially at high speeds. Poor road conditions or design, such as potholes or unclearly painted lines also account for a portion of motorcycle accidents. Even faulty or defective motorcycle parts contribute to certain motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is driver negligence.

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation?

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you are entitled to financial compensation. Here are some examples of negligent driving behavior:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating or smoking while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, or other rules of the road

How can I prove another party’s negligence?

To receive the financial compensation you deserve, you must first satisfy the burden of proof. To prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there are several things you can do. One of the best ways to prove your claim is by retrieving dashcam or security camera footage of your accident. However, if you cannot recover such evidence, you may still ask witnesses for their contact information so they can validate your claim if need be. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you should always seek medical attention immediately following your accident. A medical professional will treat your injuries accordingly, as well as provide you with medical documentation that you may use to prove your case.

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The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.