New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
New Jersey motorcycle injury lawsuits typically involve one of two types of claims: 1) a general negligence claim against the negligent operator of a motor vehicle who caused the accident by failing to observe the required standard of care on the roadway, or 2) a products liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, maintainer and/or seller of a motorcycle, alleging that the motorcycle or a component part of the motorcycle was in some way defective and caused the accident.
Motorcycle accidents frequently result in serious injuries. This is because motorcycle riders are exposed to the open road and elements, as opposed to automobile drivers who are enclosed within the protective confines of a car. Given the higher risk of injury to motorcycle riders, and NJ no-fault insurance law applicable to injured motorcyclists, it is imperative to consult with a personal injury attorney after a motorcycle accident.
New Jersey’s No-Fault Insurance Law and What it Mean for Motorcyclists
No-fault insurance or Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) is a package of insurance that provides medical and other benefits to automobile insurance policyholders immediately after an automobile accident, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. PIP benefits, however, are generally not available to motorcycle riders in New Jersey. Indeed, under NJ law, PIP benefits are available only if the injured person is “occupying, entering into, alighting from or using” a qualifying “automobile,” or is an insured pedestrian who is struck by an “automobile.” Motorcycles are specifically excluded from the statutory definition of automobile in this context.
Due to the potential unavailability of PIP benefits after a motorcycle accident, it is important for motorcycle riders to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer after an accident so that an extensive review of all available insurance policies can be made, and possible coverage for medical bills and needed treatment can be secured.
Let Our Experienced Lawyers Help You
Motorcycle accident litigation presents special challenges. Thus, it makes sense to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who can explain your rights and options, and then pursue the compensation you deserve from all responsible parties.
At the Reinartz Law Firm, we aggressively fight on behalf of clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. These cases typically involve a variety of disputed issues on both liability and damages. Cases filed by the firm are prepared as if they will go to trial in order to maximize the client’s potential recovery. This typically involves the retention of a variety of top expert witnesses in various fields and backgrounds. And under our contingency fee agreement, clients pay nothing until we secure them a financial award.
Contact our offices today to speak with a lawyer, and receive a free and confidential case consultation.