Parsippany Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Advocate for You

With more motorcycles on the road, more riders are suffering severe injuries. Motorcycle registrations increased 17 percent statewide during a recent four-year period, according to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety's Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Bikers suffer about 2,000 serious injuries each year in New Jersey — of which 70 or more are fatal. In fact, a rider is 30 times more likely to die in an accident than the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Riders injured in motorcycle accidents need tenacious attorneys because juries tend to see motorcyclists as irresponsible daredevils — and insurance companies do their part in encouraging that stereotype. At Smith & Gaynor, LLC, we understand that motorcycle accidents are quite different from car accidents. Attorney Robert A. Smith is a former motorcyclist himself with first-hand knowledge of the dangers riders face. We make sure you get the representation you need and the compensation you deserve for your motorcycle injury.

What are my rights after being in a Motorcycle Accident?

Because New Jersey is a "No Fault" state, if you are hurt in a motorcycle accident you are responsible for paying for your medical care, even if the other driver caused the accident. If you had been driving a car, your insurer would pay these costs through Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, but PIP is not offered in motorcycle insurance policies. While your health insurance policy will certainly help with costs, you may still wind up paying thousands of dollars in deductibles, and copay and coinsurance charges.

An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you understand your own insurance policies and what benefits they may provide you, but more importantly they can help you file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver or their insurance company. Your Morris County motorcycle accident attorney can help you to recover compensation for your medical costs, lost income and wages, and your pain and suffering.

How are Motorcycle Accidents different from Car Accidents?

There are several important differences between motorcycle accidents and auto accidents. In a New Jersey motorcycle accident:

  • The injuries are often more severe. Unlike car drivers, bikers are not surrounded by a ton of metal so when they are in an accident they are more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, paralysis, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.
  • Motorcycle insurance is not as comprehensive as standard auto insurance. For instance, uninsured motorist (UM), underinsured motorist (UIM), personal injury protection (PIP) and the Limited Right to Sue options are not available to motorcycle owners.
  • The differences in the laws governing cars and motorcycles may be difficult for juries to understand.

Contact a Morristown Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Gaynor, LLC, is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

At Smith & Gaynor, LLC, we believe that injured motorcyclists should have the same rights as the injured driver of any motor vehicle. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us online or call our Morristown offices at 973-532-2661 to schedule a cost-free consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available. If you are unable to travel, one of our lawyers will be happy to meet with you at the hospital or your home.

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