3 Incorrect Assumptions Motorcyclists Make After an Accident
Despite criticism from those who have never been on a motorcycle, motorcycle riders are generally careful and courteous on the road. Even exercising this caution, many innocent motorcyclists find themselves in accidents due to negligence of motorists.
In what some call a Pandemic Paradox, motorcycle sales have increased in 2020. New Jersey is no exception. As motorcycles owned by New Jersey residents rise, the number of motorcycle crashes increase in logical proportion. Each motorcycle rider should make wise decisions if involved in an accident instead of making assumptions which could hurt their recovery:
The Other, Responsible Party Will Pay for the Damage
An innocent motorcyclist might correctly recognize that the other party in the accident was at fault by speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, not paying attention, or changing lanes without signaling. These types of lawsuits even with very clear liability are hard fought by the other side which is one of the many reasons not to try to handle things on your own.
My Injuries are Not Too Serious
After an accident, motorcyclists (who are often known for being strong in health), feel that their injuries are not too bad. However, motorcycle injuries are generally more serious than those suffered by motorists. Additionally, some traumas, such as soft tissue injuries, are not immediately noticeable. Regardless of how a motorcycle rider feels in the minutes after an accident, injuries must be documented and evaluated as soon as possible to obtain the best compensation.
I have insurance coverage
To register a motorcycle, New Jersey law requires that the owner of a motorcycle carry valid liability insurance in the following minimum amounts: $15,000 for bodily injury per person, $30,000 for total bodily injury (for multiple people), and $5,000 for property damage. Even if your policy has higher coverage limits, these amounts may not provide enough coverage. Also consider that the other at-fault motorist in your accident may be uninsured or have an insurance policy with low coverage amounts. As a result, you could be left uncompensated for your damages though you were not at fault for the accident.Considering all angles of your accident, working with attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party is often the best option to recover the compensation you deserve.
New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you are dealing with an injury or death following a New Jersey motorcycle accident, get in touch with the talented team of New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Sarofiem & Antoun LLC. We know that this is a stressful time, which is why we take all our wrongful death and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis—you pay absolutely nothing unless we get you paid. Our fees are extremely reasonable, and our service is outstanding. We truly care about our clients and want to get you results. We are ready to get started when you are—get in touch with us at (201) 792-3333 today to setup your initial consultation.
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