Drunk Driving: A Leading Cause of Accidents in New Jersey

Explore the impact of drunk driving on car accidents in New Jersey and how our firm can help if your accident has contributed to these statistics.

Drunk Driving: A Leading Cause of Accidents in New JerseyDriving in New Jersey puts you at risk of being in some type of automobile collision over the course of your driving career. Due to crowded urban conditions and climate-related maintenance issues on roadways, getting in an accident on New Jersey streets is a definite possibility. There are many different reasons that automobile accidents happen, and some are more frequent than others.

Common Motor Vehicle Accident Causes in New Jersey

With the influx of handheld technology and a go-go-go culture, distracted driving is commonplace on New Jersey roadways today. Taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel because of texting, eating, engaging in conversation, or other distracting habits severely elevates the possibility that you will get in an accident and potentially cause harm to yourself and others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving caused over 3000 deaths on the road in 2019. Another startling statistic that speaks explicitly to New Jersey drivers’ poor habits comes from the NJ State Police Fatal Accident Unit, which cited distracted driving as the number one cause of auto accident deaths in 2018, a fact which has seen multiple consecutive years of statistical reality in New Jersey.

Single vehicle car crashes are another serious source of injury and death in New Jersey every year. A startling statistic by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that over 50 percent of auto accidents in the United States in 2019 involved only one car. These collisions resulted in the death of over 19,000 people across the country during the year. This figure largely outnumbered fatalities caused by multiple vehicle accidents.

Other car accident causes in New Jersey include (but are not limited to) aggressive driving, side-impact, and head-to-head impact collision, and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A Focus on Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers in NJ

Unfortunately, the drinking culture in New Jersey causes a prevalence of drunk driving in the state. This is not, however, just a local problem. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people die across the country every day because they or someone else takes to the streets while under the influence of alcohol or another drug. The CDC reports that in the 11 years between 2008 and 2019, 1,459 people were killed on New Jersey’s roadways due to an alcohol-impaired driver. In New Jersey, as in the rest of the country, men are over twice as likely to die due to an alcohol-related accident as women. According to 2017 data by the New Jersey State Police, over 25 percent of the 5,316 motorcycle drivers who died on New Jersey roads had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal driving limit, 0.08%.

Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys in Trenton, NJHow Can an Attorney Help If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured or Killed Due to Someone Driving Under the Influence?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, and drivers can face criminal charges for a DUI. The purpose of a criminal proceeding is to protect the public from future errors in judgment that can have dangerous and tragic outcomes. As such, a driver can be criminally charged with a DUI even if they have not caused an accident or injured anyone. If, however, a person driving under the influence has caused an accident and injury to another, the victim can seek damages in civil court. In this case, the victim must prove negligence and fault and provide documented medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, and psychological repercussions of the accident.

Because New Jersey is a no-fault state, a victim must prove that the injuries they sustained in the accident are sufficiently severe to warrant that the impaired driver’s auto insurance provider be responsible for covering those damages. A victim has the burden to prove severity and causation to successfully win a personal injury lawsuit, even though the driver responsible for the accident was under the influence.

Contact Our Drunk Driving Accident Injury Attorneys with Offices in Trenton NJ

Have you been injured in an accident with a drunk driver in New Jersey? After an accident, it’s essential to have the support of an experienced New Jersey drunk driving accident lawyer to ensure that you recover the most comprehensive damages award or settlement.  At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson we understand the strain being an accident victim can cause, especially if someone driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs caused you harm. We are here to support you and work towards recovery physically, emotionally, and financially.

We serve clients in Mercer County, Middlesex County, Somerset County, and throughout New Jersey. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, contact us at 609-528-2596 for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and the legal options you may have for receiving compensation.

Whiplash Injuries in Personal Injury Cases in New Jersey

One of the most common soft tissue injuries arising from a motor vehicle accident is whiplash.

Whiplash Injuries in Personal Injury Cases in New JerseyIt is not uncommon to leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident with soreness, maybe some aches and pains. Sometimes, however, it takes a day or two for the physical effects to show up. Soft tissue damage, such as muscular strains, is what many accident victims suffer. When your car is hit hard enough from behind to impact the spine, you may injure your neck when it is bent forward and backward or backward then forward by force. The extent of the whiplash may depend on the impact location, directly in the center rear or angled left rear or right rear. But any activity that violently forces the head forward and back or vice versa, like sports injuries, slip and falls, physical beatings, and roller coaster type rides, can cause the condition. All causes considered, whiplash affects the muscles, nerves, tendons, and discs in the neck.

Most Common Whiplash Symptoms in Ewing, NJ

Typical whiplash symptoms involve the neck but can also affect other body parts when pain radiates from the neck to your extremities or up to your brain. For example, you may experience neck or shoulder pain and stiffness that causes or occurs with low back pain. In addition, an injury in the cervical spine can affect the lower regions of the spine, such as the thoracic (middle) or lumbar (lower) spine. Other symptoms include pain or numbness in the arms or hands when connecting nerves reaching the neck and shoulder and impinge on blood flow to the extremities. You may also experience neck and brain-related symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blurred vision, irritability, fatigue, and trouble sleeping and concentrating. Moreover, your memory may fail you. These symptoms appear like other conditions, so examining physicians must run tests for a correct diagnosis.

When you suffer a collision on the road or other accident, you probably want to visit your physician right away for a complete physical exam and review of your medical history. Your physician may want to rule out other causes for your aches and pains, especially involving the neck and spine. For example, similar symptoms appear in arthritic patients. Running tests like x-rays to check for bone fractures or tissue problems is a common first step. But an x-ray may not show soft tissue injury, so your doctor may order MRI, DTI, PET, and CT scans for a more detailed look at the soft tissue (muscles and ligaments), bones, brain, and other organs. Ruling out other cervical and other pain sources, a radiologist and physician can review the scans for any significant damage, such as fractures, tears, or breaks. If not, whiplash may be the diagnosis.

Whiplash treatment and recovery process, East Windsor

Whiplash and Type of Collision in Trenton NJWhile many whiplash patients feel better after a few weeks, more severe whiplashes may need more treatment. If your pain is intense, the neck stiffness comes and goes, tingling, weakness, or numbness in the shoulders or limbs appear, or loss of bladder or bowel control arises, you may require various treatments. Depending on your medical history, age, and health, your doctor may prescribe multiple treatments at specific times in the healing process. So, considering the severity of the injury, medication allergies, sensitivity to pain, and preferences, your doctor may first prescribe ice to relieve pain in the first day or two after injury. Then, to stabilize the neck and decrease the incidence of pain, they could send you home with a neck brace. And once healing begins and the pain lessens, gentle exercise with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxation exercises, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, electronic nerve stimulation, or chiropractic adjustment may be next in the healing process.

Whiplash injuries typically resolve over a few days to weeks or months unless complications arise. Unfortunately, some violent collision survivors suffer headaches and intermittent or chronic pain for years after an incident. When stretched ligaments, displaced discs, and injured neck joints are the source of the pain, doctors may treat the symptoms with pain management, physical therapy, or surgery. But some continued pain after whiplash is inexplicable. Some suffer for years long after an accident. And living with whiplash complications may deeply diminish a person’s quality of life.

Importance of Whiplash Medical Reports in NJ Negligence Cases

If you need whiplash treatment due to another’s negligence, you want to make sure your doctor concludes in their reports that the accident caused or likely caused your injury. Negligence may be inattentive driving, failing to clean up a spill on supermarket floors, physical assault, abuse, or unnecessary violent play in sports. Insurance companies that typically pay for personal injury claims against drivers, businesses, or other organizations need medical verification and proof that the injury the claimant suffers is from an accident caused by the insured. In addition, insurance companies may raise defenses to payment on claims that the injured party had other injuries, pre-existing conditions, or causes of their pain and injury. For this reason, a personal injury victim must see their doctor soon after an accident and narrate what occurred in the accident, and chronicle the symptoms. All of this is highly valuable information for your personal injury lawyer who is handling your claim.

Keep track of your Medical Expenses after Whiplash Injury

Keep track of your Medical Expenses in West Windsor, NJIt is also essential to keep track of the out-of-pocket expenses you have paid since the accident. For example, you may pay co-pays for doctors, radiologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and lab technicians if you have insurance. If you do not have insurance, those costs are all out of pocket. And attending the various doctor and therapy appointments may result in days off work that are either unpaid or paid sick days. In addition, you may pay for pain medications and a cervical collar. And through the healing and treatment, you may suffer pain in living your daily life. With whiplash, the simplest actions you take for granted, like turning your head to see over your shoulder when you back out of a driveway, are painful and prevent you from doing your normal activities.

All of the information you track, including a journal of your pain and difficulties performing daily tasks, is vital to your attorney. And you will need an attorney to represent you since without one; the insurance company will attempt not compensating you for your damages, including your medical, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical costs, as well as your economic losses from days off and sick days or vacation pay lost due to the accident.

Have you suffered whiplash injuries due to an accident? Contact the Personal Injury Team at KCR for a free initial consultation at our Trenton office.

At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson our dedicated personal injury attorneys use the medical expenses, property damage, financial losses, and pain and suffering from the accident to demand compensation for your injuries. If the insurance company refuses to pay or does not agree to compensate you fully, making you as close to whole as you were before the accident, we make proceed with the lawsuit in court, beyond settlement negotiations, and take your case to trial if necessary.

Be sure to find an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you with your whiplash claim. If you reside or have suffered an accident in or nearby Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell, Princeton, or Lawrence, call 609-528-2596 at our local Trenton office for a free consultation and to discuss your case today.

Auto Insurance Companies Now Held to Strict Deadlines on Disclosing Policy Limits in NJ

A New Jersey Law Expedites the Process of Finding out Insurance Limits after an Accident

Policy Limits Disclosure for Auto Accidents

A car accident can stall your life plans. Even if all involved parties cooperate and leave the scene, this may not occur without one or both parties experiencing significant injuries. Not only does your world feel more unsafe by the jolt to your car and your belief that safe driving prevents accidents, but the aftermath can be grueling too. You have so many things to do to get yourself back to the life you had before you had the accident. First, if you are injured, you must see a doctor, undergo treatment and recovery plan, and suffer pain and disruption in your daily activities. Maybe you cannot work for a time. Then, there is the insurance side of the equation. You must contact your insurance company, which will open a claim. The follow-up may be a recorded statement, sending signed statements, and forwarding photos of your vehicle. And if your car needs repairs, you must bring your vehicle in and perhaps rent one while it is in the mechanic’s shop.

If you are not responsible for the accident, you most likely want and expect the responsible party or insurer to pay for your damages, including medical bills, repair bills, lost income, and pain and suffering damages. But insurance companies are often slow and reluctant to pay. They want to make sure that liability is clear and the damages claim is reasonable. All too often, insurance companies stall and impede the progress of a claim by withholding information from the other party, like policy limits. Policy limits include the insured’s maximum coverage amounts for bodily and property damages. Typically, the insurer obligated to pay wants to keep the total payout as low as possible. In contrast, the victim wants the settlement amount to be as high as possible, given the range of what is possible for a particular accident. So, the insurer’s goal in withholding policy limits is to keep the claimant from knowing the true amount of financial compensation that may be available to them.

Are insurance companies required to disclose policy limits?

Withholding policy limits does nothing but delay what an attorney can eventually get from the insurance company by litigation or legal pressuring tactics. For instance, a plaintiff who files a lawsuit against the responsible party has the right to discovery, meaning all the evidence applicable to the case, like police reports, medical bills, property damage records, and insurance policy information, among other evidence. But the driver who was not at fault for the accident should not have to file a lawsuit to discover the responsible party’s policy limits covering the accident. Thus, Governor Murphy recently signed a measure into law, mandating insurers to reveal policy limits to an attorney who asks for them.

The law, S-1558/A-3444, gives insurers 30 days to provide written notice of an insurer’s personal automobile insurance policy limits to a requesting attorney. The insurer must reveal policy limits to all policies the insured holds upon an attorney demanding the information. The attorney is then obligated to keep that information confidential. The legislation aims to expedite automobile accident claim resolutions and eliminate unnecessary lawsuits. Attorneys file personal injury lawsuits on behalf of injured clients in New Jersey, for which they must obtain policy limits information, as well as when a case has not settled before the statute of limitations tolls, meaning before the latest time for filing a lawsuit runs out. The new law reduces the number of lawsuits that attorneys must file due to settlement delays.

Personal injury attorneys and prospective clients generally welcome the new law, which went into effect in July 2021.

How much can policy limits impact your caseWe, as experienced personal injury lawyers, understand that knowing how much the responsible party’s policy covers is crucial to settling a personal injury claim in our clients’ best interests. This information is highly informative when it comes to a potential settlement amount or settlement figure that may be obtained from the insurer. It also eliminates the necessity of filing an underinsured claim with an individual’s own insurance company if the other party’s insurance does not fully cover the accident damages. Overall, the new law allows more efficiency in the personal injury claim process.

Unsurprisingly, insurers and their representatives believe the law is unnecessary. Attorneys can get policy limits without the law, and those accident victims with more damages than the responsible party’s policy covers must file a lawsuit regardless. However, proponents of the bill argue that the law will cut down on unnecessary lawsuit filings and, in turn, motivate more attorneys to take cases they may not otherwise accept if they anticipate having to file a lawsuit to settle a claim.

How much can Policy Limits affect your Case?

If another driver caused your injuries in an automobile accident, you would benefit from this new law. Settling a personal injury claim is a matter of adding up all the damages you incurred from the accident once the insurer establishes fault. If the other driver or drivers in an accident caused the accident, you want to know if they are insured and for how much, to formulate your best plan of action. For example, if you injured your back and neck in the accident, you may need to see a doctor and physical therapist for treatment over several weeks. In addition, your car may need repairs. If, after completing your treatment and repairing your car, your total damages, including compensation for lost wages, pain, and suffering, and attorney’s fees, is below the typical policy limits, you can settle your claim easier than if your damages exceed those limits. But understand that most auto insurance policies cover $15,000.00 for bodily injuries to one person or $30,000.00 for more than one person.

As such, an attorney who knows the policy limits can better guide their client in what they can expect as a settlement amount, if any, and the time it will take to resolve. Without knowing the policy limits, an attorney cannot fully advise their client as to whether an insurance company’s settlement offer is even remotely fair or does not cover all the client’s damages. Often, people without attorneys representing them may settle for less than what they want or deserve because their damages totals are high, the policy coverage is low, and the cost of filing a lawsuit and waiting out the year or more it takes to go through the legal system seems like it’s not worth it. The numbers must make sense in the big picture of settlements versus lawsuits. Still, it is highly advisable to have a knowledgeable lawyer review your case before deciding how best to proceed. In some cases, the accident is grave enough that the plaintiff has no choice but to sue the responsible driver when the policy limits are too low to cover even a fraction of the damages. These decisions of filing suit or not underscore the necessity for knowing the policy limits.

If your accident and subsequent injuries occurred within the last two months, you might benefit from this new law when planning to pursue a claim for motor vehicle accident compensation. To be sure, you should speak to a personal injury attorney about the new law, how it affects your claim, and what you can expect once you know the coverage for your accident.

Contact our Personal Injury Attorneys for Guidance with Your Case

Personal injury cases can be complicated, so you will need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to take you through all the possibilities to resolving your auto accident injury claim.

At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson, we have represented clients in Hamilton, Lawrence, Bristol, Willingboro, Greenwood, Wilbur, and the greater Mercer County Area. We can properly guide you in the entire process of pursuing compensation for a motor vehicle accident.

Get in contact with us at 609-528-2596 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss specifics of your accident, understand the new updates in the law, and the potential for obtaining compensation if someone else was at fault.

New Jersey’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Some of the most dangerous intersections in New Jersey, where the most fatal accidents occur, are found in Somerset County, Mercer County, Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County

New Jersey's Most Dangerous Intersections

According to the health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control, vehicular accidents top the causes of death in the United States. In New Jersey, over 750 car accidents occur daily, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation data. While the reasons for so many accidents are varied, some common causes include weather, road design, and road conditions. Undoubtedly, drivers have a lot to do with car crashes too. Driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, street racing, texting while driving, and driving while drowsy are a few examples of dangerous driving behavior. The governmental agency responsible for tracking accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), notes on their website that drunk and drug-impaired driving cause traffic accidents in addition to drowsiness and speeding.

Approximately 40 to 50% of all car accidents occur at intersections, second only to rear-end collisions. In New Jersey, last year’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan attempts to address the problem of deadly car accidents, targeting intersections specifically. The hope is to reduce that annual average of over 3,000 fatalities a year in the state. Unfortunately, intersections prove to be common crash sites due to human error. The NHTS cites distractions, misjudgments, obstructions, and assumptions as contributors to miscalculating the time and distance of other drivers. For example, a driver that fails to carefully look around to see other drivers attempting to cross the intersection and road conditions or obstructions to clear viewing endangers themself and others. In addition, failure to anticipate other drivers’ reactions, speed, and illegal behavior contribute to collisions.

Drivers who violate traffic laws increase the rate of injury from car accidents.

For example, if you approach a four-way intersection with a stop sign at each of four directions, you must assess the order of vehicles progressing through the intersection. If you disregard the order and take your turn to enter while another vehicle obeying the order does, you could end up crashing. Likewise, inattentiveness causes the same results when you are busy doing other activities in your car and lose sight of what other cars are doing to move through the intersection. New drivers may panic at four-way intersections, while drivers of fast cars or big trucks may feel fearless and proceed before their turn. Interestingly, the cars most commonly involved in accidents are practical, daily-use cars known for safety, like small to medium-sized Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Jeep models.

No matter which car they drive, most drivers approach intersections with awareness and caution to avoid scrapes, bumps, and wrecks. However, rear-enders happen when one driver is not allowing the recommended number of car lengths between their car and the one in front. Furthermore, T-bone crashes, one car hitting the passenger or driver’s side of a car moving through the intersection, occurs when one car is rushing to make the light before or after it turns red. Also, making an illegal U-turn or not waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before making a left turn ends up in head-on collisions. Finally, side-by-side collisions happen when drivers cross lanes without looking in their mirrors or over their shoulders.

Inattention, carelessness, and aggressive driving contribute to many accidents.

However, other factors leading to collisions may be environmental. For example, overgrown trees may obscure traffic signs, and cars entering another vehicle’s blind spot may cause road maneuvers that lead to accidents. And facing the blinding sun at sunset may cause temporary blindness and miscalculations of speed and distance from one car to the next. On occasion, the city’s placement of a traffic sign causes drivers to miss the forbidden left turn at an intersection, especially if construction is going on. Many of these environmental and human factors contribute to the high number of intersection accidents.

Some of the deadliest intersections cited in the New Jersey news are located primarily in Gloucester, Somerset, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Camden, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties. For example, Somerset County’s intersection at U.S. Route 23 and Adamsville Road was the site of 98 accidents, 4 of them fatal, over the last four years. Mercer County had two hot spots, one at N.J. Route 129 and Lalor Street and one at U.S. Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road. The total number of accidents at these two intersections total 260, with seven fatalities. Even after several pedestrian deaths at the intersection, the residents around this intersection still have no satisfactory safety solution, such as a pedestrian walkway or footbridge, despite installing a crossing guard at Lalor at the city’s expense.

May the county or state have some responsibility in the event of an accident?

When a pedestrian or vehicle driver is injured in a poorly designed or maintained intersection, the government may bear some responsibility for the damages a victim suffers. And if officials are aware that a higher than the usual number of accidents occur at specific locations, they may be negligent in not addressing the dangerous condition. Whether the overgrown trees, poor design, or the sheer number of pedestrians and vehicles share the same roadway, the city, county, or state engineers and other workers responsible for designing and maintaining the roads may bear some responsibility. However, the fault for vehicle-on-vehicle collisions falls mainly on one party or another, or partially both.

An inattentive, impaired, or aggressive driver that causes an injury, accident, or fatality can be forced to compensate the injured driver and passengers damaged by the at-fault driver’s negligence. They or their insurance provider must pay the cost of all losses incurred by the innocent victims, including repairing the vehicle (or replacement if totaled), any medical expenses due to the accident, and lost income due to the accident and its aftermath. When pursuing a personal injury claim, the party responsible may also be required to pay damages for pain and suffering that resulted from the crash. In addition, they may have to pay for the wrongful death of those lost in a fatal accident. Finally, violating traffic laws, drunk driving, or extreme recklessness, like street racing through an intersection, may warrant punitive damages being awarded to the injured victims.

Hiring an attorney to represent you after an accident injury or fatality is a good idea. Most insurance companies deal with unrepresented accident victims differently than they do attorneys. They may take advantage of an accident victim who does not know the law or what they are entitled to by law for another’s negligence. As such, you want your attorney to speak on your behalf and help you obtain just compensation for your losses. That’s where we come in.

Contact our Staff of Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation

At The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson our personal injury attorneys regularly deal with insurance companies and other parties when it comes time to negotiating settlements to conclude a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We also have experience bringing cases to trial when a settlement is not possible or unlikely.

Ultimately, our personal injury lawyers are committed to serving our clients’ best interests in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence Township, East Windsor, and the Mercer County Area. We also fight for clients injured in auto accidents and other types of accidents in Somerville, Bridgewater, Somerset County, and New Jersey counties throughout the Southern and Central parts of the state.

Contact (609) 528-2596 to speak to a local personal injury attorney with extensive litigation experience about your motor vehicle accident claim.

What Are the Frequent Causes of Accidents Between Cars and Motorcycles?

Factors that Contribute to Motorcycle Crashes with Automobiles

What Are the Frequent Causes of Accidents Between Cars and Motorcycles?Though not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 89,000 motorcyclists were injured, and 5,014 were killed in 2017 alone. Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in a traffic crash than passenger car occupants. They account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. The motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger. Ejection from the motorcycle is a common injury pathway. If a motorcycle comes to a sudden stop and the rider is ejected from the motorcycle, the rider will forcibly strike objects in the path and the ground. Because of these alarming statistics pay for all motorists to learn about the most frequent causes of accidents between drivers and riders to reduce their level of risk.

What are the pros and cons of motorcycles and vehicles in terms of safety?

A motorcycle lacks the crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of an automobile. An automobile has more weight and bulk than a motorcycle. It has door beams, a roof, airbags, and seat belts. It is also more stable because it is on four wheels. Because of its size, an automobile is easier to see. What a motorcycle sacrifices in weight, bulk, and other crashworthiness characteristics, is somewhat offset by its agility, maneuverability, ability to stop quickly, and ability to swerve quickly when necessary, as well as the ability to speed up more quickly to avoid a hazard ahead.

What are the kinds of accidents that most frequently occur between cars and motorcycles in New Jersey?

Rear-end collision

What are the kinds of motorcycle vs car accidents that most frequently occur?When it happens between vehicles or trucks of equivalent size, an abrupt halt resulting in one vehicle impacting the rear is frequently not harmful. However, when a car strikes a motorcycle from behind, a sudden stop crash can be lethal. With enough effort, the bike can flip over and toss the driver and passenger to the ground. In addition, even a minor bump from behind might cause serious injury if it causes the motorist to lose his or her balance.

Distracted driving

A motorist who is distracted by his or her phone, changing the radio station, or paying more attention to passengers than to the road is likely to collide with a motorbike rider. Such distractions give the driver little time to react and result in a powerful collision that causes serious harm.

Lane changing

When a vehicle or truck driver switches lanes, motorcycles are particularly vulnerable since they may easily slip into the driver’s blind area. When drivers fail to check for motorcyclists before indicating a lane change, the motorbike is frequently sideswiped. As a result, the cyclist is flung to the ground and may receive catastrophic and long-term damage.

Moving motorcycle striking the door of a parked vehicle

A driver who has just parked their car and opens the driver-side door without first checking for other traffic can put motorcyclists at risk.

Motorcyclist Speeding & Alcohol Use

Speeding or intoxication is responsible for around half of all motorcycle accidents. This number is not unexpected since these elements also significantly impact automobile and other vehicle accidents. On the other hand, motorcycles offer little protection to the rider; therefore, collisions involving speeding or intoxication are considerably more likely to end in death or serious injury.

Many Motorcyclists are not licensed.

Around half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding or drinking. This figure is not surprising, given that the same factors also play a role in a car and other vehicle accidents. On the other hand, motorcycles provide very little protection to the rider; therefore, accidents involving speeding or alcohol are far more likely to result in death or serious damage.

Cars Making Left-Hand Turns

Cars Making Left-Hand TurnsWhen vehicles make left-hand turns, it is the single most perilous circumstance for motorcycles. Accidents involving a motorbike and a car account for 42% of all motorcycle-car crashes. When the motorbike travels straight through an intersection, passing the automobile, or attempting to overtake the automobile, the turning automobile usually hits the motorbike. These kinds of collisions happen all the time between two automobiles, but the motorcycle’s modest size makes it much less apparent to the turning vehicle. Motorcycles that pass automobiles in the same lane are much more susceptible since automobiles are often caught off guard by such moves. A car that collides with another vehicle while performing a left-hand turn is almost always determined to be at fault. On the other hand, the motorcyclist may partially to blame for the collision if he or she was speeding or driving in the incorrect lane.

Get in Touch with our Trenton NJ  Accident Lawyers Today

If you have been in an accident and need assistance or know of someone who is, you need someone in your corner to protect your rights during this difficult time.

At The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson,  we pridefully represent clients in Trenton, Princeton, Hamilton, and the greater Mercer County area. Whether you have yet to decide your next steps fully or are ready to move forward immediately, our knowledgeable team of attorneys is only a phone call away.

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