Proven Newark Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Fighting for the Rights of Motorcycle Accident Victims across New Jersey
It seems that no amount of public awareness, public service campaigns or pleading will convince motorists to keep their eyes open for the presence of motorcycles and motorcycle operators on the American roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 1000,000 people suffer injury every year while riding on a motorcycle and that approximately 5,000 motorcycle riders die annually on the nations streets and highways. Far too many motorists still turn a blind eye to two-wheeled traffic on the roads at a terrible cost.
When you’re hurt while riding a motorcycle, whether it involves a collision with another vehicle or another driver forces you off the road, your injuries will likely be serious. You want an attorney who has successfully handled these types of claims before, a lawyer who knows how to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. You want the Lee Law Firm, LLC.
Aggressive Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Newark, NJ
For over three decades, attorney Edward Lee has consistently obtained positive results for people across New Jersey who have suffered personal injury, including men and women hurt in motorcycle crashes. A proven litigator, Ed has been certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since 2005 and has been listed in the “Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. A New Jersey Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer Lifetime Member of the Global Directory of Who’s Who., Ed also holds an Excellent rating with Avvo.
There’s no charge or obligation for your first consultation.
The Things You Need to Do to Protect Your Rights after a Motorcycle Accident
In the wake of a bike crash, whether you were driving the motorcycle or were only a passenger, you need to immediately assess the nature and extent of your injuries. Determine whether you can safely get up and leave the scene under your own power or whether you need treatment from emergency medical personnel. Don’t try to be macho or brave—that will typically make things worse. If you can safely remain where you are, that’s the best to do that until emergency personnel arrive. The EMTs can quickly assess your condition and determine the next course of action. They are professionals—you should always defer to their judgment.
Even if you are able to leave the scene of the accident under your own power, you want to get medical care as soon as possible, whether at a hospital emergency room, an urgent care facility or in the offices of your primary care doctor. Unnecessary delays can potentially compromise your personal injury claim:
- They put you at risk of an intervening injury, complicating your efforts to recover in a personal injury lawsuit
- They can provide ammunition for defense attorneys to argue that your injuries were not that serious
- They can cause your condition will worsen unnecessarily
When you get medical care, tell your doctors and nurses about everything that is bothering your or seems out of the ordinary. Don’t focus your attention on obvious injuries, such as broken bones, and forget to talk about the tenderness in your back, neck or joints.
If possible, get contact information from other parties to the accident, as well as any potential witnesses. That can make things much easier when your attorney starts to prepare your case. Pictures will help, too (the camera on your phone is fine). Take pictures of anything that may be related to your accident, such as your injuries, the damage to your bike (or the other vehicle), any roadway defects, skid marks or weather conditions.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Most motorcycle crashes stem from inattention or carelessness by other motorists:
- Motorists who fail to yield to your right of way, most often in left turn lanes
- Other drivers who make illegal, careless or improper lane changes, either making sideswiping your bike or forcing you to take evasive action and lose control of your bike
- Drivers who fail to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Motorists who tailgate or fail to maintain an adequate distance behind your bike, bumping into you, causing you to lose your balance
- Unsafe road conditions, including potholes, uneven pavement, loose gravel or water on the road, missing or damaged traffic signs, or poor roadway design
- Dangerous or defective components on your bike
What Losses Are Typically Covered in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Attorney Edward Lee will help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses:
- Any wages, income, commissions, bonuses or work benefits lost because you can’t work
- All medical expenses not paid for by insurance
- Physical and mental pain or anguish related to your accident
- Loss of the ability to have close or intimate contact with family and friends, referred to legally as loss of companionship or consortium
- Your loss of enjoyment of life—the ability to engage in activities that brought joy or fulfillment before the accident or to do the ordinary acts of daily life
- Any property loss or damage resulting from the accident
What Kinds of Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims Does the Lee Law Firm Take?
We litigate motorcycle accidents cases that result in any type of injury, from soft-tissue trauma to serious and catastrophic loss, including spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, such as herniated discs or concussions. We advocate for people who have suffered broken bones, road rash, permanent scarring or disfigurement, paralysis, burns or amputation or loss of limb. Our attorneys also represent people who have lost a family member in an accidental or wrongful death caused by a motorcycle accident.
What Happens If Both Parties Are to Blame for a Motorcycle Accident?
Under New Jersey’s comparative negligence law, the fact that you were partially responsible for causing a wreck won’t prohibit you from recovering for your losses, unless you are found by the jury to be more responsible than the other motorist. It can, however, lead to the reduction of your damage award, based on the jury’s determination of your degree of responsibility.
Get in Touch with a Newark Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Let us start protecting your rights today. Call the Lee Law Firm at 973-315-9080 or contact our offices online to arrange a free initial consultation. We can come to your home or the hospital to meet with you, if necessary. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We accept all major credit cards. Nosotros hablamos Español!
We represent all motorcycle accident injury victims on a contingent fee basis. We won’t bill any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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