Our motorcycle accident attorneys hear a regular complaint from motorcyclists who have been involved in motorcycle accidents: other drivers on the road often do not treat motorcyclists with the respect that they deserve and that they are legally entitled to on our New Jersey roads. Motorcyclists have just as much right to be on the road as any other motor vehicle. They are not a threat to other drivers and they are not somehow reckless and dangerous just because they have chosen to ride a bike instead of drive a car. Something that our attorneys regularly notice is that there is a bias against motorcyclists, not only held by other drivers, but also held by insurance companies and sometimes even the police who respond to the reported accident. This unfair bias makes us want to fight for our motorcyclist clients to make sure that they get the recovery they deserve due to an accident caused by another driver’s negligence.
Frequent motorcycle accident scenarios
We have seen many types of motorcycle accidents in our years of practice, but there are several scenarios that frequently recur and are described below.
- Driver unawareness – We so often hear drivers who are responsible for the accident say that they just did not know the motorcyclist was there. Drivers that simply do not see motorcycles, who are there in plain sight, often hit motorcyclists during a lane change or by turning in front of them. Failing to be aware of a motorcycle is not a defense. Drivers have a responsibility to motorcyclists and part of that responsibility is paying attention and being aware of all motor vehicles around them, not just cars and trucks.
- Aggressive drivers – Aggressive drivers are a real issue for motorcyclists. We know that some drivers are hostile to motorcycles and their aggression turns dangerous by cutting motorcycles off, crowding their lane, or following too closely.
- Speeding drivers – Speeding drivers don’t have as much time to react in emergency situations and speed is a common factor in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Speed is especially harmful to motorcycles because they do not have the same accident protection as other drivers who are in an enclosed vehicle. When a speeding motor vehicle hits motorcyclist, the injuries can be significant, even deadly.
- Distracted drivers – Just like speeding, distracted driving is a common factor in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving causes serious injuries, especially when accidents involve vulnerable motorcyclists.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, road rash, burns, broken bones, and severed limbs. If you or a loved one has suffered motorcycle injuries due to another driver’s negligence, contact our Cherry Hill motorcycle accident attorneys with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to schedule a consultation. You and your family deserve a full and fair recovery for your motorcycle accident injuries and damages which may include lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, medical bills, property damage, and in the case of a fatal motorcycle accident, a wrongful death claim. We will help you get through this difficult time and secure the financial compensation to which you are entitled.