Denville, NJ (Newswire Law Firm) October 31, 2022 – A Morris County man in his 30s was involved in a motorcycle accident with a young driver who turned left in front of him. The motorcyclist suffered serious internal and orthopedic injuries which required knee and wrist surgery. He also suffered from permanent gastrointestinal problems resulting from internal bleeding after the accident.
The defendant alleged that the motorcyclist was responsible for the accident and questioned the extent and nature of his injuries. Senior Litigation Partner Paul G. Paravati, Esq. of the law firm Todd J. Leonard, settled the case by mediation for a sum of $725,000.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
· Motor vehicles making left turns without looking;
· Sudden stops;
· Hazardous road conditions;
· Motorcycle faults;
· Driving under the influence of drugs – street or prescription;
· Human error in determining speed or estimating distance;
· Motorcyclists traveling without a licence;
· Lane separation;
· Driving under the influence of alcohol;
· Motorcyclists without the proper training to drive a motorcycle;
· Inexperienced pilots (due to lack of safety training);
· Unsafe lane changes; and
Although many careful motorcyclists pay attention to DMV rules and other traffic signs found on the roads, accidents can still happen. Motorcycle accidents often have difficult consequences, meaning riders can end up with serious injuries or not make it out alive. Here’s what to do after a serious motorcycle accident:
· Call 911.
· Keep a helmet to protect the neck and spine.
· If first responders say the helmet can be removed, continue to do so.
· Check if moving the motorcycle out of traffic is safe. Do it if it is physically possible.
· If a person is seriously injured, it is best not to attempt to move the bike.
・Use mobile phone to take as many photos of accident scene including traffic signs, skid marks, potholes, road conditions and debris left on the road.
· Take photos of the other vehicle involved in the accident, where it came to rest, what debris it may be and what condition it is in, and look for other markings on the ground.
· Ask eyewitnesses who saw the car accident if they are willing to share their contact information. This can be useful later when pursuing a case.
· Do not admit liability to anyone.
· Report the accident to the insurance company as soon as possible.
· Keep all details of the accident to a minimum and discuss it further with a lawyer.
· Connect as soon as possible with an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm.
· Do not refuse medical treatment. Refusing treatment can mean losing a chance to file a personal injury claim.
“If you were in a motorcycle accident and were seriously injured, contact us immediately at the Todd J. Leonard Law Office for legal advice and to discuss how to file a personal injury lawsuit,” said said Todd J. Leonard, Esq. founding partner.