Motorcycles attract risk takers and free spirits looking to get out on the open roads of New Jersey. Over the past decade, the number of injuries and deaths from motorcycle accidents are on the rise because they are becoming more popular. Our beautiful beach communities, mountain highways, and farmlands attract people from outside the state to explore our roads. Motorcycles are fast, hard to follow, and harder to see. Sometimes an accident is practically unavoidable. New Jersey wants to protect motorcyclists as much as possible. The state has helmet aws that require every rider to wear one when operating their vehicle. It is impossible to ignore the heightened danger of riding and how prevalent bikes are on the roads of New Jersey. Motorcycle accidents happen every day and victims often see severe physical trauma. Insurance companies and courts have some prejudices against motorcyclists. The Mark Law Firm, LLC is on your side and will not allow perceived notions dictate court cases or settlements.
As for most automobile accidents, the negligence issue remains the same. If someone in another vehicle caused an injury, they will be held responsible. Motorcyclists and automobile operators have to follow the same rules of the road and the law is the same for assigning fault in lawsuits. Some things make operating a motorcycle different.
Motorcycle accidents differ in the case of insurance and medical coverage. Unfortunately, riders don’t get the same medical benefits as people who have automobile insurance. People who operate cars have the benefit of personal injury protection coverage, PIP coverage. PIP covers most of your medical expenses and lost wages if you are an automobile driver. Most Motorcycle insurance programs do not offer the same privilege. By virtue of the law, PIP is not a requirement, so most insurance won’t cover riders but some insurance companies will allow PIP coverage at a premium.
The verbal threshold is another issue to discuss with an attorney. If you have been in a motorcycle accident with a private passenger vehicle, you will be subject to the verbal threshold. You must be able to show evidence of a serious and permanent injury before you can recover damages from a lawsuit. It drastically limits a rider’s ability to recover damages from an accident and could leave them with medical bills that are a financial burden.
Courts have a prejudice against motorcycles and their operators. We regularly fight this perception and try to represent our clients in a positive light. The Mark Law Firm, LLC believes that motorcyclists should have diligent counsel with years of experience in these types of accidents. Our attorneys have advocated for motorcyclists for over 15 years. We are here to assist you through your ordeal and come to the best possible solution to your personal injury case. Contact us for a consultation.