Lawrence NJ Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Attorneys
With Offices in Hamilton and Pennington, New Jersey
Motorcyclists are at great risk of serious injury or death in motorcycle accidents. The most frequent cause of wrongful death in these kinds of accidents is a collision between a motorcycle and an automobile. While the occupants of a motor vehicle are often able to walk away from an accident, motorcyclists are not always so lucky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), although motorcycles make up just three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, they account for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities. Worse yet, it can be incredibly difficult to deal with the tragic loss of a loved one. This situation is especially hard when your loved one was killed because of someone else’s negligence.
Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with a track record of success and more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have helped clients file wrongful death claims throughout Mercer County, including Lawrence, Robbinsville, and Hopewell Township. Call CR now to speak with a member of our litigation team and explore your legal options.
Causes of Wrongful Death in Mercer County Motorcycle Accidents
Among the most common causes of wrongful death in motorcycle accidents are:
- Driver Negligence
- Poor Road Conditions
- Defective Motorcycles and Motorcycle Parts
- Lack of Protective Gear
- Highway Construction
Whereas drivers and passengers in automobiles are often protected by an exterior shell, motorcyclists are completely exposed in the event of an accident. Although wearing a helmet can protect a motorcycle rider against serious head injuries and death, a helmet might offer little protection in the event of a severe motorcycle collision.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Hightstown NJ
Grieving families often have to deal with significant financial stress in the aftermath of a fatal motorcycle accident. For example, your loved one might have been the main breadwinner and primary source of financial support for the family. The New Jersey Wrongful Death Act allows next of kin to seek damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
A wrongful death claim can seek damages for hospital care; medical bills; funeral expenses and burial fees; and lost future income. Damages for emotional distress may be recoverable in a separate tort action. If you were present at the accident scene and witnessed the injury that caused your loved one’s death, you may be able to sue the other driver for negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Call a Hamilton NJ Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
You deserve justice. Although financial compensation won’t bring back your loved one, it might help to know that the negligent driver was held responsible for their actions. The personal injury lawyers at Cohen & Riechelson can help you get through this difficult time. Call us today to speak with a member of our litigation team about your case, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our Hamilton or Pennington offices.