Share the New Jersey Roads with Motorcyclists
Spring weather has finally arrived and more motorcyclists are taking to the New Jersey roadways to enjoy the freedom of the open road. Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating but it brings significant risks. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that, in 2014, motorcyclists suffered fatalities at a rate 27 times that of motorists in other vehicles. In addition, motorcyclists are six times as likely to be injured in an accident. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which presents a timely opportunity to address safety measures and discuss what to do if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Riding can be hazardous
The openness that is so appealing to many motorcyclists is also what brings increased risk. Without any protective barrier, motorcyclists are completely exposed and this brings increased risk of serious injury in a motorcycle accident. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, they often go undetected on the roadways until they suddenly appear in the rearview mirror, startling motorists.
Tips for motorists
Learn how to safely share the road with motorcyclists by following these easy tips:
- Understand that road conditions present increased hazards for motorcycles
- Maintain a safe driving distance
- Be alert when driving and pay attention to motorcycles approaching in your rearview mirror
- Always signal in a timely manner when changing lanes
- Proceed with caution at intersections and turns
Pot holes, debris in the roadway, and uneven pavement are cumbersome for motorists but they present even greater hazards for motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists who have been injured may receive compensation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Personal injury law protects those who have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence by holding the liable party responsible for the damages. If more than one driver was involved in your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against each driver. In addition, if roadway conditions or faulty motorcycle equipment contributed to your accident, you may be able to pursue compensation from those parties as well.
Injured parties have two years to file
Two years from the date of the injury is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit according to New Jersey’s statute of limitations for personal injury. Do not let time run out. If you don’t file within two years, the court may refuse to hear your case at any time in the future and the opportunity to pursue compensation for your injuries will be lost entirely.
Trust our New Jersey injury attorneys to stand by you every step of the way
The respected New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lomurro Law bring more than 130 years combined experience to each and every case. Dedicated, compassionate, and aggressive in pursuing fair compensation for your injuries, our team is with you every step of the way. Contact a member of our team today at 732-414-030 or online to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Freehold and East Brunswick; we are also available to meet with you at your home or hospital.