Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

NJ Motorcycle Laws

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Motorcycles have several advantages over passenger cars, including fuel efficiency and sheer enjoyment to ride, but they also require a different skill set to operate safely, and come with a dramatically increased risk of serious injury or death in the event of a crash. In response, New Jersey has implemented a few key regulations governing the operation of motorcycles, intended to ensure that anyone who hits the road on the back of a motorcycle is as safe as possible.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle laws, motorcycle injuries

Does Your Motorcycle Have Adequate Insurance Coverage?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Oct 09, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

As anyone who rides regularly knows, the freedom and maneuverability granted by a motorcycle comes at the cost of a greater vulnerability to injury in the event of an accident, and it only takes a fraction of a second for a ride to go horribly wrong. Poor road conditions or inattentive motorists can cause serious accidents in a heartbeat. Of course, some would argue that's why we have motorcycle insurance; to guarantee that we have the resources needed to recover in the event of a crash. But many riders don't realize how little protection the insurance policy they've bought actually provides.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, insurance company, motorcycle laws

10 Tips to Maximize Your Recovery from a Motorcycle Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

After a motorcycle accident, there are a handful of basic steps that most resources will recommend you take in order to protect yourself and any claim for compensation that you might pursue. I've touched on these ideas before, but I think they're worth a more systematic and in-depth look; the actions you take in the days (or even hours) after a motorcycle crash can have a dramatic impact on your claim for compensation.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation, motorcycle injuries

Important Motorcycle Safety Tips

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Aug 28, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Many people come to my blog because they've already suffered an accident, and are looking for guidance about what they should do next. But if you've come here because of a general interest in motorcycle safety, or if you're looking forward to getting back on the road after you've recovered from a motorcycle accident, there are a number of safety tips that might make the difference for you the next time you're out riding. Though many motorcycle accidents are caused by car and truck drivers who fail to notice a motorcyclist or don't know how to share the road safely, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of an accident. Since I am not a rider myself, these tips are drawn from the advice offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and if even one serious accident can be prevented by this information, I'm happy to share it.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, motorcycle injuries

Motorcycle Accident Injuries: Do You Have a Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Aug 11, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

When you contact an attorney after a motorcycle accident, one of the first things he will help you figure out is whether you have a viable personal injury case. Not all accidents will result in successful injury claims, because the circumstances and details of every accident are different. In order to win a motorcycle injury claim, you and your lawyer must be able to make a convincing case that someone else (usually the other driver involved in your accident, but occasionally some other party whose actions affected the situation in some way) was negligent, and that this act of negligence caused your injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Motorcycle Accidents: Consult an Attorney Immediately

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Aug 02, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to inflict devastating changes on an accident victim's health, finances, and everyday life. Seeking compensation when the negligence of another party causes your injury may help to mitigate some of those effects, but without the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney, simple mistakes and missed opportunities can seriously damage your case and jeopardize your ability to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, Settlement Offer, insurance company

Motorcycle Accidents: 10 Tips Every Motorcyclist Should Know

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is physically and emotionally taxing under any circumstances, but it can become even harder when you need to contend with an insurance company in order to obtain fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of another. Medical appointments, physical therapy, and being unable to work are challenging enough without the added stress of interacting with an insurance adjuster who does not have your best interests in mind. Fortunately, you can make a difficult situation a little easier on yourself by keeping these 10 important tips in mind.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, Settlement Offer, insurance company

Motorcycle Crash Injuries Settled for $465,000

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 25, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

A $465,000 settlement was reached recently for a client that was seriously injured in a motorcycle
accident. The client was injured while riding as a passenger when the motorcycle was driven into the
street from a parking lot. Unfortunately, a car was coming down the road at the same time. A crash ensued and the passenger on the bike was thrown over the car. The passenger was airlifted from the scene of the accident and underwent emergency surgery, which placed plates and screws in both an arm and a leg to stabilize multiple serious fractures. My client was left with a lot of medical bills and some limitation of movement and pain at the fracture sites. The amount of the settlement reflects the seriousness of the injuries.

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Topics: Motorcycle Accident, Success Stories, motorcycle injuries

TOP 5 REASONS Why Motorcycle Accident Victims Should Quickly Hire a Lawyer

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Nov 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you've had a motorcycle accident and are dealing with the pain of your injuries and their consequences for your work and private life, the last thing you want to think about is hiring a lawyer. But acting fast and getting a motorcycle accident lawyer involved with your case can save you a lot of trouble in the long term. There are several good reasons why acting sooner, rather than later, is important; here are the top five.

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Topics: Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, injury compensation

Every Motorcycle Rider is at Risk

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

There are as many reasons to ride a motorcycle as there are bikers on the road. Some people enjoy the hands-on experience of maintaining and riding their own bike. Many motorcycles are less expensive and more fuel-efficient than cars and trucks. And, of course, there are plenty of bikers who ride simply because it's fun. The freedom of the open road and the power of the machine beneath you offer a thrill that every rider recognizes. But every experienced rider also understands that this liberation and excitement comes at a price. The danger of a motorcycle accident is undeniable, and there is no precaution you can take – short of never leaving the driveway – that can keep you completely safe from a motorcycle crash.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accident

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