Many people choose motorcycles as their preferred means of transportation. They’re quick, get good gas mileage, and are fun to ride. However, since motorcycle riders are more exposed to the elements than most other motorists, it is important that you know what to do if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident in the state of New Jersey. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
There are several different causes of motorcycle accidents. However, some are due to another motorist’s negligence, and some are not. Some examples of accidents that may not be due to another motorist’s negligence are:
- Poor road conditions or design
- Inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or heavy rain
- Faulty or defective motorcycle parts
Despite these all being common causes of motorcycle accidents, driver negligence is still the most common cause, and can almost always be avoided. Here are some examples of motorist negligence:
- Eating while driving
- Smoking while driving
- Wrangling kids
- Texting or using an electronic device without hands-free capabilities while driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Failing to check your blind spots
- Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, or other rules of the road
If you are injured due to another party’s negligent behavior, then it is important you contact an experienced attorney who will help you prove their negligence and win you the compensation you deserve.
Can I do anything to prove another party’s negligence?
Fortunately, there are certain actions you may take in order to prove another party’s negligence after a motorcycle accident. It may be useful to have a hands-free camera at your disposal. If you are able to record the incident, you will drastically improve your chances of winning your claim. If you are able to speak with any witnesses, you should ask them for their contact information so they can help validate your claim if need be. You should also seek medical attention immediately, as a physician will not only provide you with the care and treatment you need, but he or she will also provide the necessary medical documentation regarding the injuries you have sustained. Lastly, regardless of whether or not social media is a big part of your life, it is extremely important you limit your posting and do not post anything that may prove your claim untrue. Insurance companies may use this against you, and you may be denied your compensation because of it.
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If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.