Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in West New York, NJ
The exhilaration and sense of adventure that comes with riding a motorcycle can present some serious risks to riders, especially when they are involved in traffic accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents when compared to the occupants of motor vehicles. Whenever motorcycle riders are hurt in accidents, they can turn to the experienced Hudson County motorcycle accident lawyers at Greenberg & Walden, LLC for answers regarding their recovery options. We take pride in providing exceptional representation and essential guidance throughout the personal injury claim process. If you are unable to visit our office, we can travel to your location to discuss your potential claim and advise you of your options. To discuss your situation, contact Greenberg & Walden, LLC today and schedule a consultation.
Who Is Liable for My Motorcycle Wreck?
Liability for a motorcycle accident will depend on the causes of the crash and, most notably, the nature of the negligence that caused the wreck. With these liability determinations, please be aware that:
- One or more parties can share liability for a wreck – This may include multiple drivers, as well as parties who were not at the scene when the crash occurred. For example, the manufacturer may be held liable if equipment failures contribute to a wreck. If you have been injured due to a negligent manufacturer, you may have a valid product liability case.
- Fault and liability are determined through the facts and evidence associated with the crash – Some evidence may include police reports, witness statements, tread marks on the street, accident scene photos and more. You and your attorney must collect evidence regarding your accident as soon as possible. Filing a police report is one of the best ways to document an accident.
- An injured rider CAN be entitled to compensation even if he or she was partially to blame for the crash – As long as the rider is found to be less than 50 percent at-fault for a wreck, he or she may be entitled to compensation under New Jersey’s negligence laws. In these cases, the recovery for the rider who was partially at fault would be reduced in correlation with his or her level of fault. Therefore, if the rider is 15 percent at fault, compensation for the claim would be reduced by 15 percent.
- You do not have to make these determinations alone – An attorney at Greenberg & Walden, LLC can go over all of the facts of your crash and identify all liable parties.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Crash?
The actions you take after a motorcycle accident may impact your right to compensation when you pursue a claim. If you are physically able to do so, you must take the following steps immediately after being involved in a motorcycle accident:
- Call 911 so police and any emergency medical services respond to the scene.
- Seek medical treatment ASAP (and get all necessary follow-up care).
- Take photos of the damage, visible injuries, and location of the accident scene. If weather or road conditions may have been a factor, try to include these aspects of the scene in the photos.
- Report the facts of the crash to your insurance provider.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid Doing After a Motorcycle Accident?
There are certain things you cannot do after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Some of these actions can potentially hurt your chances of recovering compensation. Be sure not to:
- Put off seeking medical treatment, even if you think the injuries are minor. A doctor can diagnose, document, and treat your injuries. This documentation can be used as evidence to help prove your claim.
- Admit fault or apologize for the crash. These statements, whether given to other involved motorists, police or an insurance company, can be used to blame you for the crash and limit or fully deny you of financial compensation.
- Rely on insurance companies to help you through the process. After a crash, be aware that your insurance company is not your advocate. Keep in mind, insurance companies will do anything they can to avoid making a large payout. They are typically fixated on protecting their employer’s profits by avoiding or limiting payouts for claims. Counting on insurers to guide and protect you in the claims process can have detrimental impacts on your case and the compensation you deserve.
Contact a West New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle wreck, it’s time to contact a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer at Greenberg & Walden, LLC. We have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and we are ready to put our experience, knowledge, and determination to work. Let us help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve. Our attorneys are firmly committed to working closely with each of our clients to help them understand their legal options, make the claims process as smooth and efficient as possible, and overcome their legal challenges through innovative, effective solutions. Contact Greenberg & Walden, LLC today to schedule a consultation.