Riding a motorcycle can be a convenient and fun way to get around Jersey City. Unfortunately, the Garden State isn’t the safest place for motorcyclists. In 2022, 93 motorcycle crashes led to 97 fatalities.
If you were involved in a motorcycle crash, a Jersey City motorcycle accident lawyer can help. Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. can help you whether you use a motorcycle, car, truck, or other vehicle.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can happen at any time for a variety of reasons. Our attorneys often see the following types of cases.
Some motorcyclists make sudden and improper lane changes. This dangerous behavior combined with high speeds can lead to collisions with others.
Drivers using mobile phones, adjusting in-car entertainment systems, or engaging in other distractions may fail to notice motorcyclists. Likewise, many accidents occur when drivers aren’t paying attention to others on the road. They might not yield the right of way to motorcycles, especially at intersections.
Unfortunately, many people drink alcohol or use drugs before getting behind the wheel. These substances lower coordination and impair your ability to react to unexpected situations. Driving under the influence can also cause drivers to take unnecessary risks, leading to collisions with motorcyclists and others.
Getting around New Jersey can be difficult for new drivers, especially if they lack experience navigating urban traffic. Inexperienced drivers often make poor decisions and create risky situations for others.
At the same time, learning to ride a motorcycle comes with a steep learning curve. Riders need proper training before getting on the road. Without the right preparation, these riders might struggle to maintain balance, make proper turns, and stay within their lane.
In some motorcycle accidents, neither riders nor other drivers are at fault. Mechanical defects involving brakes, tires, or steering systems can cause someone to lose control and crash. These mechanical issues usually go unseen until it’s too late to respond. Because these accidents come as a surprise, they often lead to tragic injuries.
Riders and drivers expect roads to be in proper condition. Potholes, uneven surfaces, and missing road markings create serious hazards. Likewise, slippery surfaces caused by rain, oil spills, or debris can lead to loss of control, collisions, and potentially life-altering injuries.
Excessive speed remains a pervasive factor in motorcycle accidents. High speeds reduce reaction time, which makes it challenging to avoid unexpected obstacles or sudden changes in traffic patterns. Speeding also increases the severity of collisions, leading to a higher likelihood of injuries.
How Our Law Firm Can Help
Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. is a leading personal injury law firm in New Jersey. Our attorneys can manage your case to help you get compensation after your accident.
A Jersey City motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm will meet with you to evaluate your case. They will review the facts and circumstances to determine the strength of your personal injury claim. Our firm will advise you of your legal options and explain what to expect during the process.
Investigating the Accident
We will conduct a thorough investigation to understand the sequence of events and determine who is liable for the accident. Our meticulous approach involves examining the accident scene, collecting relevant evidence, and interviewing witnesses. In addition, our attorneys may work with experts like accident reconstruction specialists who can testify in your support. Once we finish our investigation, we can identify liable parties and demonstrate how they caused your injuries.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Pursuing a personal injury claim can involve negotiating with insurance companies that represent the liable party. These insurers usually offer low settlements that won’t fully cover your damages. The experienced attorneys at Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. understand all the tactics these companies use to minimize payouts. We’ll counter these offers using the law and evidence to get you the highest settlement possible.
Filing a Lawsuit if Necessary
Some insurers refuse to offer fair settlements. If this happens, our firm will file a lawsuit and represent you in court to get fair compensation. Your Jersey City motorcycle accident lawyer will build a compelling case and argue it to the judge or jury. They’ll present evidence, examine witnesses, and explain applicable New Jersey law to demonstrate why you deserve compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The attorneys at Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. are here to answer any questions you have after an accident. Below are answers to common questions we receive from clients.
What Should I Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident?
Contact law enforcement to report the accident. While you are at the scene, gather information from the other parties, including names, contact information, insurance details, and eyewitness accounts. Also, document the scene by taking photos of the vehicles, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries.
Once you leave the accident scene, seek medical attention and notify your insurance company about the accident. Most importantly, speak with a motorcycle accident attorney from Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. to help you protect your rights.
Can I Pursue Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Yes. New Jersey follows a comparative negligence system that allows parties to share fault. Under this law, you can seek compensation if you don’t have over 50% fault for the accident. However, your share of fault will lower the total compensation.
What Damages Can I Recover?
You can recover compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional toll of the accident. Common types of damages include:
- Medical expenses,
- Property damage,
- Lost wages,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Emotional distress.
Your attorney can help calculate your damages to propose a fair settlement offer to the other side.
Schedule a Free Consultation
Glugeth & Pierguidi P.C. is here for you after a motorcycle accident. Our lawyers have helped clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation. We know how to litigate these complex personal injury cases and are ready to fight for you.
Call our office today to schedule your case evaluation.