Monmouth County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles offer riders an unparalleled degree of freedom on the road. But with that freedom comes risks. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to accidents caused by negligent motorists. And without the protection of a car or truck, the motorcyclist is far more likely to suffer serious injury or even death as the result of a collision.
If you have been injured while riding your bike, it is important to speak with a qualified Monmouth County motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Poulos LoPiccolo PC, we can review your accident and advise you on the best means for seeking compensation from a negligent motorist or insurance company. We understand this is a difficult time for you, which is why we offer skilled, compassionate representation during all stages of the personal injury claims process.
New Jersey No-Fault Benefits Do Not Protect Motorcycle Accident Victims
Even the most careful motorcyclist wearing a helmet can sustain fatal or life-threatening injuries in an accident. Drivers of cars, trucks, and other larger vehicles often fail to keep a proper lookout for motorcycles. This means that negligent acts such as speeding or failing to properly signal a lane change can easily lead to a collision and send the motorcycle operator flying off their bike.
In New Jersey, all motorists are required to carry a certain amount of personal injury protection (PIP) as part of their basic auto insurance policy. PIP provides “no-fault” medical and lost income benefits to policyholders if they are injured in a car accident regardless of who was responsible. Unfortunately, New Jersey’s no-fault rules do not apply to motorcyclists, so they cannot turn to PIP benefits.
This means that if you are seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, you will likely be facing thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages, even if you have your own health insurance. But if your accident was the result of a motorist’s negligence, you have the right to sue for damages. And in cases where the other driver lacks insurance or is unknown–i.e., you were injured in a hit-and-run accident–you may be able to seek compensation under your own insurance carrier’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Damages in a motorcycle accident can also cover more than just your doctor bills. You can also seek compensation for your ongoing pain and suffering, as well as the long-term effects of a permanent disability, such as the loss of a bodily organ or function. In many cases, an insurance company will be eager to settle a potential claim if they know they are liable, but even then your chances of a more favorable settlement increase by working with an experienced motorcycle accidents lawyer.
NJ Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving Ocean, Monmouth & Middlesex County
Motorcycle accidents often leave victims and their families devastated and unsure what to do next. A skilled New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer can step in and provide invaluable legal advice and representation during this difficult period. So if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and need to speak with someone, contact Poulos LoPiccolo PC today to schedule a consultation.