Motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer major harm during a collision with other vehicles or objects. In fact, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and five times more likely to suffer serious injuries.
According to New Jersey officials, between 2012 and 2016, 12,000 crashes in our state involved a motorcycle. In 2016 alone, there were 2,200 motorcyclists involved in crashes in New Jersey, resulting in 69 fatalities. If you are involved in a New Jersey motorcycle crash, then you have an 82 percent chance of suffering severe injuries.
Determining Liability after a Motorcycle Accident
The law requires anyone who operates a motor vehicle to avoid placing other motorists in harm’s way. When a driver behaves in a negligent or reckless manner, and his or her behavior results in an accident, then he or she is liable for damages.
There are essentially four “parts” to determining who is liable for a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, including:
- The defendant (the person being sued) was charged with a duty of care—he or she was required by law to exercise reasonable care to avoid hurting someone;
- The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid hurting others;
- The accident caused damages;
- Those losses or injuries were the direct result of the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care.
Product Liability Claims and Motorcycle Accidents
There are cases where defects cause motorcycle accidents. Design and manufacturing defects may cause deaths and injuries. Problems with manufacturing can include defective or damaged parts, while problems with the design would include any type of design flaw which rendered the motorcycle unsafe.
As an example, some motorcycle designs failed to take into account the speed at which the motorcycle would be driven. At high speeds, the front wheel “wobbled,” or became unstable, resulting in a collision. In a case like this, a product liability claim would be made against the manufacturer.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help with motorcycle accident claims involving defective motorcycles or parts.
Contact Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one suffered harm during a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, we may be able to help. We know that motorcyclists often face a long, uphill battle when trying to collect the compensation they need. We fight aggressively for our injured clients every step of the way.
To learn more about your rights, call the Vineland, New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. today for a free initial consultation and review of your potential case. Contact us at (856)692-6500 or fill out our confidential contact form. Our office is conveniently located in Vineland, New Jersey, and we are ready to help you through this difficult time.