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For many bikers, riding a motorcycle is more than a means of transportation. It’s freedom, adventure, a way of life. But when a horrific motorcycle accident leaves you seriously hurt, you don’t feel free anymore. You’re not up for an adventure. You’re trapped by the injuries you suffered, the constant pain they cause, and the excessive cost of medical care you can’t go without.
There’s a way out of this ordeal – a way to start getting life back to normal – and all you have to do is make a phone call.
When you choose the New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Console and Associates P.C. to pursue an accident claim, you get more than legal representation. You get the experience and hard work necessary to get you every dollar of compensation you deserve – the support to make your life easier in ways you would never expect from experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. And, the answers to your questions – all of them.
When it comes to accidents‚ the odds are stacked against anyone on a motorcycle.
Overall deaths from motor vehicle accident have declined in recent years – decreasing by 28 percent over a decade. But motorcycle crash deaths haven’t. Instead, deaths from motorcycle collisions rose 26 percent, The Washington Post reported.
In recent years, the number of motorcycle fatalities has hovered above 4,000 – some years, close to 5,000 – annually, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported. Motorcycle accidents affect bikers of all age groups, and they kill both men and women. If you ride a motorcycle, no matter how cautiously you ride or how much safety gear you wear, it could happen to you.
Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. They’re also five times more likely to suffer non-fatal injuries.
The disturbing reality is that if you’re in a motorcycle accident, you’re probably not going to walk away unscathed.
A motorcycle collision can involve a car, a truck, a bus, or even another motorcycle. While they can happen anywhere in New Jersey, more than half of collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles take place at intersections, the State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General reported.
And there’s more bad news. In more than two-thirds of these crashes, the other motorist “didn’t see” the motorcycle or its rider. Bikers in the process of making turns and those without much riding experience are particularly vulnerable to losing control of their motorcycles in an accident.
There are definite benefits to riding a motorcycle. You can save money on gas. You can squeeze into the tightest of parking spots. And, of course, you get to enjoy the thrill of the open road.
But the same factors that make riding a motorcycle so much fun also make you vulnerable.
The small size of a motorcycle – compared to the average car, at least – makes it harder for the often inattentive drivers you have to share the road with to notice you. This makes a crash more likely.
And while it feels freeing to cruise along knowing there’s nothing between you and the open road, that means there’s also nothing to protect you in case of an accident. An impact can easily send you tumbling off your bike onto the hard road surface – or worse, into the path of oncoming traffic.
This vulnerability is exactly why motorcycle crashes tend to be so serious. In the many cases our NJ motorcycle accident attorneys have handled over the years, we have seen debilitating injuries like:
Some of the motorcycle accident victims we’ve represented have needed crutches, canes, or special orthotic shoes just to be able to walk again.
To diagnose and treat the injuries caused by motorcycle crashes, doctors use a wide range of tests and procedures. Patients often undergo diagnostic imaging tests, including:
They see emergency room doctors, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, and physical therapists. Treatment can range from months-long courses of physical therapy to epidural injections.
Some motorcycle accident victims have injuries that are serious and long-lasting enough to require surgical procedures, like discectomy and fusion surgeries and laminectomy or decompression surgeries. These patients may have damaged spinal discs and parts of their vertebrae removed and hardware like metal pins and rods inserted into the injured regions of their bodies. Recovering from a surgery like this can take months.
Getting better after a serious motorcycle accident injury takes time and extensive medical care. Some patients never make a complete recovery at all.
Since New Jersey is a No-Fault state, victims hurt in motor vehicle accidents have to pay for their own medical care – even when they’re not at fault.
When you’re driving a car and have a valid auto insurance policy, your insurer pays these benefits through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. But injuries from motorcycle accidents aren’t covered under PIP.
If you have health insurance, that insurer will have to cover the medical costs. But you could still be on the hook for thousands of dollars yourself between the deductible, copay and coinsurance payments you have to make.
And if you don’t have health insurance, you could be stuck paying for all of your own medical bills – no matter that the other driver is the one who made the reckless mistake behind the wheel.
Figuring out insurance coverage after a motorcycle crash is complicated. You could spend hours poring over insurance documents and trying to translate convoluted insurance jargon into concepts that apply to your life. But that time would be better spent resting or working toward recovery.
Let us look into your coverage. We’ll help you understand what your policy means and what your rights are. In the meantime, you just focus on getting better.
You had just as much right to use the road as any other motorist. But the driver who caused your collision “didn’t see” you, or they expected you to yield to them even when you had the right of way, simply because they have the bigger vehicle. Now you’re the one suffering serious injuries – and their life probably hasn’t changed at all.
When someone else harms you through their careless behavior on the road, you have the right to hold that driver accountable. If anyone should face the consequences of this ordeal, it’s the person who caused it.
You also have the right to compensation. The damages you have suffered in this motorcycle accident are brutal. Even with the best medical treatment available, your body – and your life – may never be the same as it was before the accident. Every day, your injuries take a toll on your life.
Depending on your job, these injuries might keep you out of work. For some bikers, this disability is temporary, but that doesn’t make it less serious. Even if you’re only out of work for a short time, you depend on that money. Your family depends on it. And your bills don’t stop coming in just because you’re injured. If anything, you’re facing a bigger financial burden than ever, as the medical bills begin arriving.
And then there are the unfortunate motorcycle accident victims whose debilitating injuries never go away. They might improve somewhat with treatment and time, but never enough that you can return to the job or the life that you enjoyed before the crash.
When you pursue a motorcycle accident claim against the driver at fault for your collision, you can seek compensation for every one of your damages from that motorist’s auto insurance policy:
To get the full amount of money you deserve for your motorcycle accident claim, you’ll need an attorney with experience handling New Jersey motorcycle accident cases.
Research shows that, on average, hiring a lawyer will get 3.5 times the amount of money you would get trying to handle the case alone. At Console & Associates P.C., our history of success with motorcycle accidents like yours goes well beyond that – as you’ll see from this client’s story.
Before he called us, the client had tried to resolve his motorcycle crash claim himself. He had been test-driving a motorcycle for his employer, a retail store that specialized in selling motorsports vehicles, when he ran into a careless driver – literally.
The driver had tried to make a left turn from a far-right lane and ended up directly in our client’s path. There was nothing he could do.
He hit the side of the car head-on. The impact flipped him off of the wrecked motorcycle. He suffered hand and wrist injuries serious enough to require surgery. Even after the procedure, his life would never be the same.
Through his solo negotiations, he convinced the driver’s insurance company to offer him $25‚000. But before he settled the case, he decided to run it by our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys. And it was a good thing he did. By the time his case was closed, we’d gotten him $340‚000 – nearly 14 times the amount he had almost settled for.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
No attorney can tell you, without being familiar with the unique details of your crash, what your motorcycle accident claim will be worth. But what we can promise is that as long as your case is in Console & Associates P.C.’s hands, our entire legal team will use our extensive legal knowledge gained over 20+ years of experience to build your case for success.
We’ll fight to get you every dollar of compensation you deserve because we know you need all of it if you’re going to get the right medical treatment and get your life back on track.
Did you know that under New Jersey state law, your legal rights are limited? Many motorcycle accident victims don’t. They try to “tough it out,” to work through the pain and bear the financial burden on their own, until it becomes too much. But by then, it’s often too late.
After a motorcycle accident, you only have two years to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the collision. This deadline is known in the legal world as a statute of limitations, and if you miss it, you lose all of your rights to ever hold the careless motorist responsible. No matter how serious your injuries were or how costly your medical bills, you will never get the compensation you deserve.
That’s why it’s essential that you get in touch with a NJ motorcycle accident lawyer right away after an accident. We know that you’re preoccupied in the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle crash with the pain, remembering your doctor’s instructions, and figuring out what to do with the bills. You may even be in shock, having been through such a traumatic event.
But we also know that two years sounds a lot longer than it is when it comes to deadlines. You might say to yourself that you’ll worry about the legal claim once you’re feeling better – but your treatment could take that whole two years, or more, and still not be complete.
So many accident victims are afraid that they can’t afford a respected New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney to handle their claim.
What they don’t know is that you can hire a lawyer – for that matter, an entire team of lawyers and legal professionals – without having to pay a single upfront fee.
At Console & Associates P.C., we believe personal injury lawyers only deserve to get paid if they do their job right. So we make the claims process risk-free for clients in situations like yours.
In the legal world, we refer to this kind of no-win, no-fee guarantee as representation on a contingency basis. And while a lot of New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers handle cases on contingency, Console & Associates P.C. takes it a step further with our No Fee Promise
We promise you:
A motorcycle accident can change life as you know it. At Console & Associates P.C., we have represented thousands of clients in situations like yours, so we know the questions and concerns you have and how to help you through them.
When you’re worried about your medical condition and how it will affect your future, our New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you receive proper care and the compensation you need to afford it.
When you’re worried about paying your bills while your injuries keep you out of work, we’ll fight to get you the full amount of compensation for all of your lost wages – and for any future income you’re likely to miss out on because of the accident.
And whenever you need support, we’re here for you. Following a stressful or traumatic experience‚ it can help just to know that someone is on your side. We’ll provide you with the compassionate, personalized service you need to get through this whole ordeal and get your life back on track.
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