If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles is ready to stand up and fight for you. Our aggressive trial attorneys have proudly represented motorcycle accident victims since 1965, and our team has more than a century of combined legal experience.
Contact us today for a free consultation.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Are More Complex
Insurance companies frequently operate under the presumption that motorcycle riders are, by nature, risky or reckless – which is unfair and untrue. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles know that most bikers are cautious and responsible. In fact, most motorcyclists are more attentive than the typical car driver. We will not let insurance companies use stereotypes and prejudice to avoid paying you what you are owed.
Along with proving that the crash was not your fault, a motorcycle accident victim may be forced to deal with severe injuries, extensive property damage, and other challenges. Some of the most commonly reported injuries victims suffer in motorcycle crashes include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Neck Injury
- Eye Injury
- Nerve Damage
- Back Injury
- Organ Damage
- Burn Injuries
- Road Rash
Let the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles worry about the legal issues so that you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Most motorcycle accident cases are resolved through settlements. If your case is not settled, and does go to trial, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will help you prove that the defendant caused your injuries, and the extent of your injuries. Once that is proven, a jury could award you compensatory damages. Compensatory damages usually involve economic damages and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are tangible losses a victim has suffered, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Modifications to your home necessary for recovery
Non-economic damages are those in which no money has been expended or lost, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
This compensation can apply to both past and future expenses.
If a close relative died as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may also be eligible to recover wrongful death benefits. These may include compensation for their medical expenses leading up to their death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of emotional support, loss of consortium, and more. Only certain family members are eligible to file wrongful death claims.
Tips for Dealing With Insurance Companies After a Motorcycle Accident
You should contact an attorney at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles before speaking with ANY insurance company. It is especially important that you avoid speaking to any insurance company for the negligent party in your motorcycle accident until you have legal representation. Often times, insurance companies will call you and seem friendly and willing to help you, but their motive is to avoid paying you, or paying for your medical bills.
The insurance company may ask you to provide a recorded statement. You should always refuse to do so until you have legal representation from an attorney at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles because the purpose of the recorded statement is usually to get you to unknowingly admit to some type of negligence that can be used as justification to deny your claim.
Sometimes an insurance company will offer a quick lump-sum settlement to resolve a case, but the offers are almost always very low, and nowhere near what the victims need or are entitled to recover under the law. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles can handle negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf, and they will know what to say (and what not to say) to help you recover the maximum possible compensation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
Every motorcycle accident is different, but there are some common causes that apply to many crashes. Frequent causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs — A driver operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol may face criminal charges if law enforcement determines that they were intoxicated and caused the crash. It is important to understand that a criminal case against a driver is completely separate from a civil action, which means that a drunk driver who avoids a criminal conviction can still be held civilly liable for your injuries and property damage.
- Distracted Driving Accidents — Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous because even a momentary lapse in focus can be enough time to cause somebody to miss an important event and trigger a crash. If a driver was distracted by their smartphone, an attorney may be able to subpoena their phone records to use as evidence. Other possible distractions include adjusting vehicle controls, eating, drinking, applying makeup, shaving, and even talking to other passengers.
- Left or Right Turn Accidents — One of the most common kinds of motorcycle accidents is the left-turn crash, which involves a driver turning left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. A right turn accident involves a driver turning right into a motorcyclist who is traveling in the same direction.
- Lane Change Crashes — Motorcycles are smaller than most other motor vehicles, which can make them trickier to see in certain settings. Drivers who fail to fully check their blind spots before performing lane changes may run into nearby motorcycles.
- Driver Fatigue — While it is most commonly associated with truck drivers, driver fatigue can affect anybody who has not gotten an appropriate amount of sleep. A tired driver does not fully take their surroundings into account and can be more likely to make a decision that imperils a motorcyclist.
- Rear-End Accidents — Even a low-speed impact could be enough force to throw a motorcyclist from their bike, causing serious, even deadly injuries.
Motorcycle crashes do not always involve other motor vehicles. If a crash was caused by a defective motorcycle part or design, the manufacturer of the defective product or the bike itself may be liable. If a motorcycle was improperly repaired, then a maintenance company may be responsible. If there was a problem with the roadway, a government entity may be at fault.
What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash
The moments immediately following an accident are some of the most confusing for accident victims. What you say and do (or do not say and do not do) after an accident can make your case harder to prove.
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. Report the accident. Do not move your vehicle until the authorities arrive.
If you are involved in any other type of accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 if you need an ambulance. Next, report the accident to someone. If you fall at a business, fill out an incident report, and make certain that someone from management is aware of your fall.
Tell the truth. Do not minimize any aches or pains that you feel. Get medical assistance as soon as you can.
Call a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney as soon as possible so that evidence may be collected and preserved.
If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident. If you were involved in a car accident, take pictures of the other vehicle’s property damage, license plate, and location of the vehicles. Take pictures, if possible, of any marks on the road, such as skid marks, that may point toward the cause of the accident. If the accident was a slip and fall, pictures of the obstacle that caused the slip and fall should be taken from different angles.
In addition to taking pictures, accident victims should also write down any facts that may be important to showing how the accident happened. For example: witness names and telephone numbers, weather conditions, lighting conditions, etc.
Before contacting any insurance company, accident victims should speak to a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney. Our attorneys can advise on what to say, and what not to say, to the insurance company. This is important as any statements made to the insurance company can hurt a future claim. It is also important that you know which insurance to use for payment of your medical bills. This will depend on your particular situation.
How Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles Lawyers Can Help You
Evidence can be lost, and must be preserved. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will find it, preserve it, and maximize its affect. Our attorneys will locate witnesses and obtain statements. We will take photographs of the accident scene, your property damage, and your injuries. We will obtain and organize and make sense of your medical records. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles are here to help you every step of the way.
One of the first concerns you may have is,“how is my car going to get fixed?” We can help. We will contact both your insurance company and the insurance company of the person who hit you, and make certain that your car is repaired as quickly as possible.
Unpaid medical bills are a primary source of ruined credit and bankruptcy. We are here to help make sure that does not happen to you. There are several ways that your medical bills may get paid. Depending on your personal situation, your bills may be paid by your auto insurance or motorcycle insurance policy, your health insurance policy, or they may be paid by Medicare/Medicaid. If you have no insurance at all, we can still help you get the treatment that you need. It is important that your medical bills get submitted to the proper place from the beginning of your treatment because time may run out and your insurance company may be legally able to refuse to pay. We inform every single medical provider of the proper place to submit your bills to make certain that you pay as little as possible out of your pocket for treatment.
If you are unable to work as a result of your injuries, you may be entitled to disability payments either from the State of New Jersey, a private insurance company, or your auto insurance policy. We can help you apply for these benefits, and make certain that you receive them.
If tickets are issued to you or the person who hit you, we will go to Municipal Court with you – free of charge – to make certain that your rights are protected.
The most important aspect of any personal injury case is making certain that you get proper medical treatment. Health is not replaceable. We want you to recover from your injuries to the full extent possible. We can assist you in finding doctors that specialize in treating your type of injuries, and who will also accept your type of insurance.
In New Jersey, you may be limited in your ability to file a claim because of the auto insurance you selected. If you have what is known as the “verbal threshold” or “Limited tort” option on your auto insurance policy, your right to recover money may be limited based on your ability to prove by objective medical evidence that you have suffered a permanent injury as a result of your motorcycle accident. If you have suffered a permanent injury, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will make sure that you get the treatment you need to document the permanent injury. Do not worry – most New Jersey drivers have the limited right to sue in their insurance policies. Therefore, most of our automobile accident clients have the limited right to sue. Even with this limitation, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles have been extremely successful in resolving (and winning) these cases where our clients suffered an injury, and were able to obtain the proper diagnostic testing and medical treatment.
Insurance companies have adjusters, investigators, and attorneys whose only job is to keep you from getting compensated for your losses. We have over 100 years of experience in negotiating car accident cases. Our experience gives us the ability to properly evaluate the value of your case. We use that knowledge to educate you as to what you can expect, and to maximize your recovery.
The accident attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles are litigation attorneys. In the event your meritorious case cannot be settled, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will file a lawsuit. Not only will we keep you advised of significant developments in your case as it progresses, we will be with you throughout every stage of the litigation process. This will include answering Interrogatories, which are written questions sent by the other side, preparing you for your deposition, and preparing you for Court Arbitration. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles are in Court, taking depositions, going to trial, or meeting with our clients every day.
While most cases settle, for the few cases that do not, you should demand a competent, experienced, and skilled trial attorney. Not all attorneys know how to go to trial. All of the car accident attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles have tried cases before juries. Our results speak for themselves.
This is a time when your focus needs to be on your physical and emotional recovery. Let us handle the rest. Contact us today and learn more about how we can help.
Statute of Limitations on Motorcycle Accident Claims in New Jersey
New Jersey has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. This is the amount of time the accident victim has to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time period you will lose all rights to your case.
According to the New Jersey law, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident or injury. There are exceptions to this rule, however, which may make the deadline much sooner, or much later. It is important that you speak with a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney right away to avoid missing any applicable deadlines.
Contact a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles New Jersey Motorcycle Crash Lawyer Now
If you have been hurt due to the fault of someone else, we know what a difficult time this is for you. You are not alone. Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorneys are here to help.
Contact Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles. We are the personal injury attorneys who will fight for your rights and stand by your side – in and out of court.