While motorcycle helmet use and awareness has steadily increased over recent years, thousands of motorcyclists are still seriously injured or killed in motorcycle accidents each year. The fact is, even when a rider is wearing a helmet, he or she is still exposed to the full force of the road and colliding vehicles.
At the law firm of Koles & Burke, LLP we represent motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries or become disabled in a motorcycle accident. Our attorneys also provide compassionate legal help for families coping with the wrongful death of a loved one after a fatal motorcycle crash in New Jersey or New York.
Riders of motorcycles, dirt bikes, and recreational vehicles are frequently perceived as thrill-seekers. Therefore, when an accident occurs, the motorcyclist is usually believed to have been at fault — even before thorough investigation has been conducted. However, our personal injury lawyers have handled enough serious motorcycle accident cases to know that this common perception is not only inaccurate, it causes many motorcycle accident victims to forget that they have rights when they are injured in an accident.
When a client comes to us about a motorcycle crash, we listen. However, because the severity of motorcycle accidents often leaves the accident victim in a coma, suffering from brain damage, or worse, we rely on the experience of qualified experts and accident reconstructionists to tell us how the motorcycle accident transpired and who is to blame. More often than not, it is the negligence and inattentiveness of other drivers on the road that contributes to serious and fatal motorcycle crashes:
Drivers making a sharp turn, cutting off the motorcyclist
Drivers failing to yield to a motorcyclist’s right of way
Drivers causing a motorcycle to swerve into a ditch or oncoming traffic
Drivers following too closely behind a motorcyclist
Factors beyond driver negligence can also lead to motorcycle accidents, such as loose gravel or tire defects that cause the tires to slip and spinout, dangerous weather conditions, poorly engineered roads that do not allow for proper cornering by a motorcyclist, bends in the highway that do not contain adequate lighting or guardrails, and many other factors. When these types of issues are relevant, we investigate the potential for additional liability claims, such as a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the brakes or tires, or a claim against the municipality for the dangerous roads.
A rear-end collision involving passenger vehicles might result in severe whiplash or broken wrists. However, a rear-end collision involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle can send the motorcyclist airborne, resulting in a spinal cord injury, brain injury, or internal injuries that turn fatal. In nearly every circumstance, motorcycle accident injuries will inevitably be far more serious than injuries that would transpire in a car accident under the same conditions.
Many people come to us with road rash burns, brain trauma, complex fractures, spinal cord damage, lost limbs, or worse — a grieving family. Our attorneys at Koles & Burke, LLP have the experience, compassion, and determination to help clients obtain the full compensation they are entitled. We clearly demonstrate the impact the accident has had and will continue to have on our client and we utilize economic specialists and other experts to quantify what our client’s injuries or loss means in terms of a settlement figure.
Contact our offices in Jersey City, Bayonne, or New York to schedule a free consultation on any accident cases to discuss a motorcycle accident claim. You can call us at 201-200-0300. We are dedicated to meeting your needs and the needs of your family.