New Jersey Fatal Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), motorcyclists represent the group of motorists who are most susceptible to injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. Specifically, they are 29 times more likely than passengers in a car to die in a motor vehicle collision. And they are five times more likely to suffer injury in such an accident.
According to data collected, nationwide, by the NHTSA, between 2006 and 2015, the greatest number of injuries and fatalities took place between 2007 and 2008. Since then the numbers have fallen slightly. In 2015, 27 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved riders who yielded positive test results for alcohol. Additionally, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of deadly motorcycle collisions, and distracted driving was a factor in 24 percent of such crashes. In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed and 88,000 injured in vehicle crashes.
Data from the years 2009 to 2013 indicate that if you are involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have an 83 percent chance of suffering an injury. Between 2010 and 2014, there have been almost 13,000 collisions in New Jersey in which motorcycles were involved.
Motorcycle collisions with other vehicles
Of motorcycle crashes with other vehicles, over 50 percent take place at intersections. Over two-thirds of crashes take place when the other motorist fails to notice the motorcycle.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
Some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Intoxicated motorists
- Motorists who fail to hear motorcycles nearing
- Motorists who fail to check blind spots
- Defective motorcycles
- Poor maintenance of the roads
Motorcycle accident injuries
Because of the lack of safety features on motorcycles, accidents involving motorcycles often result in severe injuries or death. Among the types of injuries that frequently occur in motorcycle accidents are:
- Bone fractures
- Road rash (skin abrasion that ranges from mild to severe)
- Head injury, including traumatic brain injury
- Fracture, including facial and hip fractures
- Hand injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Post injury emotional trauma
How a motorcycle accident attorney can help
A competent motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover compensation for any injuries you sustained in a motorcycle accident. Such damages can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Potential future medical bills
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Lost earnings
- Loss of potential future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering, including scarring
- Property damage