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Helping Injured Motorcycle Riders

Motorcycle riders know how vulnerable they are every time they get on their bike. Despite being among the safest drivers on the road, bikers find themselves at the mercy of inattentive drivers who change lanes abruptly, pull out in front of them or simply don't respect a motorcyclist's right to be on the road.

Motorcycle Riders Have Rights

Unfortunately, the nature of the road leaves motorcycles more vulnerable to the carelessness of other drivers. A mere bump and scrape, which on a regular car would only cause minor damages, can be catastrophic for the rider. It can lead to head trauma, neck and back injuries, and even paralysis. At no fault of their own, with another's simple lane change or failure to properly observe mirrors, a motorcycle rider is an easy target to miss. But, that doesn't alleviate drivers of their responsibility to maintain full attention on the road, no matter what vehicles may be travelling on it. The law states that motorcycles have as much a right to be on highways and interstate expressways as any other vehicle, commercial or domestic, and those rights deserve to be protected. There is no excuse for negligence when you are behind the wheel, which most riders are well aware of as operators of a unique piece of machinery; statistics have shown that they are amongst the most attentive on the road.

New Jersey's Universal Helmet Law

New Jersey is one of 28 states to have implemented a universal helmet law, which means that helmets are required for those operating a motorcycle at all times. Despite this, motorcycle accidents and injuries have been on the rise. About 2,500 motorcycles are involved in accidents each year in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety. Due to the simple physics that these bikes weigh much less than the cars around them, about 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents resulted in an injury. And each year, more and more people decide to hop onto a bike and experience the joy of riding. As motorcyclists become a more regular sight, though, it is important to note that the more experienced the rider, the less likely they are to be involved in a crash. The highest death and injury rates for motorcyclists occurred for 20- to 24-year-olds followed by 25- to 29-year-olds.

This isn't meant to imply that riders are the main cause of accidents. In fact, the statistics mainly prove that motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular and a more regular occurrence on New Jersey roadways. Most motorcyclists observe all traffic laws properly, wear helmets and drive as safely as anyone else. Riders deserve the same rights and respect as any other driver, but when an accident occurs, they can be left with devastating injuries due to the nature of their vehicle.

Obtain Quality Legal Representation

At Law Offices of John Morelli, we have extensive experience in representing those who have been involved in motorcycle accidents. From slow speeds minor incidents to the traumatic crashes, we have been helping injured riders for almost 40 years throughout South Jersey. We thoroughly recreate the scene in a way few other firms can, using detailed satellite photography and 3D animations to show exactly how the crash happened. Frequently, we hire private investigators to dig deeper and demonstrate the truth of our clients' story, getting additional photographs and at-the-scene measurements. As many clients will surely attest, we will never get bullied by insurance companies and will always fight to ensure they are getting the medical care that is needed.

New Jersey Has Laws That Protect All Riders

That is why, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding a motorcycle, it is important to explore your rights through a lawyer. It's not just about getting back on the bike and hitting the road again; as with other personal injury claims, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. New Jersey has put in place laws that protect motorcyclists as much as the operator of any other vehicle, affording them an unhindered right to the freedom of the road.

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Over the decades, we have seen many motorcycle injuries. Unfortunately, until motorists start seeing motorcycles, motorcycle wrecks will likely to continue causing the most grievous and heart-breaking consequences for their victims, including the families.

Motorcycle crashes often result in catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and closed head injuries. These serious injuries do not just have tremendous physical consequences, but often produce adverse personality changes in the injured person.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in a motor bike crash, contact our offices in Cherry Hill to talk to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney by calling 856-528-3205. We represent clients in motorcycle injury and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey.

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