$2.5 Million Settlement Paid to Motorcyclist for Crash Injuries
Recently a New Jersey motorcyclist received a sizeable settlement for his permanent injuries after a crash. The motorcyclist was injured in a crash with a car approximately a year before the settlement. The motorcyclist was riding along Dover-Chester Road in Randolph when the driver of the car, traveling in the opposite direction along the road, turned left in front of the motorcyclist. At the point when the car started to turn, the motorcycle was too close and traveling too fast to avoid hitting the car, and the two vehicles collided head-on. The motorcyclist hit the hood of the car before hitting the pavement. He suffered several broken vertebrae in the crash and now has one partially paralyzed leg and one completely paralyzed leg as a result of his injuries.
Over a span of years where fatalities involving passenger vehicle occupants have fallen sharply, fatalities for motorcyclists have remained steady. While motorcycles account for a mere 3% of all vehicles on the road, their drivers account for 14% of all roadway fatalities. In fact, the most common cause of accidents involving motorcycles is represented in the accident in the case mentioned above—passenger vehicles turning left in front of motorcycles when there is not enough time for the motorcycle to avoid hitting the car.
One major factor in these and other motorcycle accidents is the lesser visibility of motorcycles as compared to other vehicles. Since motorcycles present a smaller visual target and drivers are accustomed to scanning the field for cars, motorcycles are harder to see, and it is harder to successfully gauge the speed at which they’re traveling. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear brightly-colored safety gear when on the road and always operate their headlamp in order to stand out, and passenger vehicle drivers are urged to check blind spots and scan the roadway for motorcycles.
Even safety-conscious motorcycle drivers are more prone to injury than other drivers. If you or a family member has been hurt in a motorcycle crash, get legal assistance to help ensure that you’re fully compensated for your medical expenses, lost work, and pain and suffering. Andrew R. Jacobs is an experienced, compassionate personal injury attorney, available to assist clients located throughout central and northern New Jersey. For a free consultation on your possible motorcycle accident lawsuit, call the Cedar Knolls Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs at 973-532-9681.