If a motorcycle accident was caused by driver negligence, such as the motorist’s careless or reckless actions, it may result in compensation through an injury claim. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can help establish the type of negligence that led to the accident.
Types of Driver Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
One of the contributing factors to many of these crashes is the difficulty that motorists may have seeing motorcycles. Because of this, any type of carelessness on behalf of the driver may increase the chance of striking the motorcyclist.
One example is when the driver changes lanes without first checking his/her mirrors and/or blind spot. Another is when a vehicle makes a left- or right-hand turn and doesn’t notice an oncoming motorcycle. This is especially a hazard at intersections.
Following a motorcycle too closely is another type of driver negligence that could cause a motorcycle accident. If a sudden stop is required, the vehicle may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting the motorcyclist.
Passing motorcycles unsafely is another type of negligence. This can happen when traffic is heavy or the driver wants to go faster than the speed at which the motorcycle is traveling. The vulnerability of a rider should cause motorists to exercise extreme caution when deciding to pass.
Reckless driving also can cause an accident. This can happen when a driver is under the influence or is driving at an excessive speed, weaving in and out of traffic, or engaging in other reckless behavior on the road.
Distracted driving is another type of driver negligence that can cause a motorcycle accident. Texting, talking on a phone, reaching for something, eating and other behaviors where attention is not on the road demonstrates negligence. A New Jersey personal injury attorney may use evidence of these reckless or careless driving behaviors to establish liability for the motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle-Vehicle Crash Statistics
According to 2011 motorcycle accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 2,335 fatal motorcycle collisions involving a motor vehicle. Most initial points of impact occurred to the front of the bike (1,696), with the left side being second (175).
In addition, there were an estimated 37,000 motorcycle-vehicle crashes that caused injury. Again, most involved an initial point of impact at the front of the bike (22,000). Tied for second were left-side and rear-impact crashes (6,000 each).
Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accident with Another Vehicle
These types of accidents can result in severe injuries for the motorcyclist. Without a helmet, the risk of sustaining a severe head injury increases. However, even when wearing one, the impact with a vehicle still can cause damage to the head and brain.
Dislocations, sprains and fractures are common injuries. Virtually any part of the body is at risk, given the lack of protection that a motorcycle provides the rider. The most severe type of fracture is when the bone actually penetrates the skin. This increases the risk of infection.
Road rash occurs when the motorcyclist’s body skids across the pavement. It can cause abrasions or even tear portions of skin away. When parts of the skin have been severely damaged, it may require skin grafts and can leave the patient susceptible to infection.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a motorcycle accident; some eventually heal, and some may result in chronic pain. Spinal cord injuries also cause permanent paralysis in some cases.
Often, injuries stem from a motorcyclist being thrown from the bike, causing him/her to hit the concrete or another object. Injuries may even be the result of dragging the motorcyclist underneath a vehicle in some cases. Victims or their families can collect proper evidence of injuries with help from a New Jersey personal injury attorney.
Seeking Legal Counsel with a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
With the potential to face escalating medical bills and a long road to recovery, it can be in the victim’s best interest to talk with a New Jersey personal injury attorney about recovering compensation for these damages. Cordisco & Saile LLC can help clients establish driver negligence and provide evidence of damages sustained in a motorcycle accident.