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Motorcycle Accidents

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Riding a motorcycle generates a sense of excitement and freedom. The same reasons you enjoy these sensations also make motorcycles a dangerous form of transportation. Without a seatbelt or an enclosed metal capsule to hold you in, your body is open to the world and hence vulnerable to being violently thrown.

Seigel Law supports the motorcyclists who frequent the roads of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. We understand that riding your bike is a passion and a way of life. We have also witnessed, since 1976, the devastating effects that a vehicle accident can have on motorcyclists. Our lawyers are ready to take action in your case.

Motorcycle safety equipment

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS), about 2,000 injuries and 70 deaths occur every year as a result of approximately 2,500 motorcycle crashes. HTS offers several tips to motorcyclists to avoid becoming a statistic, including:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, including a helmet, eye protection, abrasion-resistant jacket and long pants, over-the-ankle boots and full-fingered gloves.
  • Increase visibility by wearing bright clothes and not lingering in a car’s blind spot.
  • Educate yourself by taking a motorcycle-driving course.
  • Never drive while tired or after drinking alcohol or taking medication.
  • Drive defensively.

New Jersey law requires motorcycle helmets

The HTS reports that motorcyclists not wearing helmets are three times more likely to sustain fatal head trauma than riders wearing an appropriate helmet at the time of a motorcycle accident. This may be reason enough to wear a helmet, but there is also another good reason — New Jersey law. The state’s helmet law requires both operators and passengers to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet.

Negligent motorists put you at risk

Even if you drive carefully, negligent motorists put you at risk of a serious car accident. Also, although using safety equipment offers you substantial protection, you can still be severely injured. Our lawyers often handle cases involving speeding, tailgating, distracted motorists, drunk drivers, and hit-and-runs. We aggressively pursue these reckless drivers to recover the maximum possible damages for brain trauma, spinal cord damage, road rash, fractures, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.

Recover damages after a motorcycle crash

Seigel Law is dedicated exclusively to personal injury recovery. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. From our law office in Ridgewood, we help injured clients in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey. We can visit you in your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office for an appointment. You owe us no lawyer fees unless we recover damages for you.