Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycles have become increasingly popular in New Jersey. Easy to park, fun to ride, and more fuel-efficient than most cars, they provide a combination of excitement and economy. However, motorcycles have one glaring shortcoming–they offer little, if any, protection in an accident. New Jersey riders are involved in an average of 2500 crashes each year, 70 of which are fatal. While this figure might seem favorable, it doesn’t take into account the number of motorcycle accident victims who are permanently disabled, or who spend months recuperating.

The best way to avoid such a scenario is to never have a motorcycle accident in the first place. Obtain the motorcycle endorsement for your license and take a motorcycle training/safety class. Keep your speed down, drive defensively, stay sober and alert, and obey all the rules of the road. New Jersey law requires you to wear a DOT-approved helmet, but you should also wear other protective gear, including:

  • Goggles or glasses
  • Long-sleeved, abrasion-resistant jacket
  • Abrasion-resistant pants
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Boots that go over your ankles
  • Bright-colored or reflective clothing

This clothing will protect you from the horribly painful, easily infected road burns that often occur in a motorcycle accident.

Obviously, you must have motorcycle insurance. However, this insurance does not include PIP coverage, and your automobile insurance will not pay for a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, if you chose the lawsuit limitation option for your car insurance, however, it does translate to your motorcycle insurance. This can leave you struggling to cover medical expenses should you be injured in a motorcycle accident. New Jersey personal injury attorneys urge motorcyclists to ask their insurance agents about switching to “no limitation” insurance; you’ll pay higher premiums, but gain greater peace of mind.

If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident and really have no idea where to turn, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer through Jersey Personal Injury and get the support you need to move forward.

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