Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Passaic County NJ
Motorcycle Accidents Attorneys discuss different Causes of Accidents in Woodland Park, Clifton, Paterson, Wayne and across Northern New Jersey
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) compiles crash statistics, including those related to motorcycles. The crash statistics are taken from “police-reported crashes from 60 locations,” the most recent of which are reported from 2016. NHTSA reports that in 2016, there were 5286 cyclist fatalities, which was an increase from 2015. Approximately 94% of those fatalities were the drivers of the motorcycles as opposed to passengers. While registered cyclists account for only 3% of all registered drivers in New Jersey and 0.06 % of all miles driven overall in this state, they are 6 times more likely to die in a crash than an occupant of a car or other motor vehicle. Statistics also show that there are a variety of factors that contribute to these accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or suffered the loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to a recovery.
There are many different reasons and factors that play into motorcycle accidents that cause injuries and death. For instance, the environment can play a role in any accident. Lighting conditions, road conditions, and the surroundings are all taken into account when looking at motor vehicle accidents. In New Jersey, the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in urban areas. Specifically, 57% of all fatalities occur in an urban setting and 43% in a rural environment. Most of the fatalities occurred during daylight (59%), with 36% occurring in the dark and 4% at dusk. Surprisingly, 97% of all accidents occur while the road conditions are dry and otherwise clear, as opposed to poor weather conditions.
Crashes with other cars and objects
Most people believe that motorcycle fatalities occur due to crashes with another car in use on the roadway. However, most fatalities are due to accidents involve stationary objects. Data shows that approximately 23% of all crashes involve stationary objects, 17% involve moving passenger vehicles, and 13% involve light trucks. Stationary objects can include almost anything, from a parked car to a curb.
Speed and Age
Excessive speed is also a contributing factor in some motorcycle accidents. NHTSA considers “speeding” to be any speed that is over the posted speed limit. Data related to speeding is generally collected and reported by police officers in accident reports or speeding tickets. While one might think that young people are more likely to speed, reports show that many older people are guilty of speeding as well. Actually, motorcycle drivers over the age of 40 account for 49% of all people involved in fatal bike accidents. It is unclear why the percentage of people over 40 is so high. It may be because of more people over 40 own bikes than younger people. Whatever the reason, everyone should be careful while driving a motorcycle because your risk of death or injury increases simply by riding one.
Insurance claims and financial recovery
Anyone driving in the State of New Jersey is required to have automobile insurance. Insurance can cover the cost of your medical bills, loss of income, injuries, and damage to the vehicle. Beyond the coverage provided by your own insurance, any person who has suffered an injury due to negligence in an accident may be entitled to compensation. Further, if you have lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident that was the fault of someone else, you may file a loss of consortium or wrongful death claim. Financial recovery cannot replace the person you have lost, but it can force the negligent person to rectify their wrongdoing and possibly prevent further negligent behavior in the future. Contact our firm today to discuss your or your loved one’s accident and the law concerning liability.
Contact a Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Del Sardo & Montanari, have been protecting the legal rights of clients injured in motorcycle accidents across New Jersey including Woodland Park, Clifton, Paterson, Wayne and across Northern New Jersey for many years.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, whether it is your fault or someone else’s, contact our firm to discuss your rights. Your insurance company does not represent your legal and medical interests.
We take pride in offering dynamic and personalized legal counsel to fit the unique needs of all our personal injury clients. Contact us online or through our Woodland Park office today at 973-233-4396 for a free consultation.