NJ Deadly Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is even more painful when you know it was avoidable and the negligent actions of another person caused the fatal accident. If the illegal or improper behaviors of another person cost your family member his or her life, you may be eligible for compensation.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we treat each and every case with utmost gravity. Our compassionate New Jersey wrongful death attorneys have garnered a reputation for being sensitive to the needs of clients and achieving them through the employment of effective legal strategies in both the negotiation and trial phases. If you are seeking justice for the death of your loved one, call us today at (609) 240-0040 for help.
Collecting Damages on a NJ Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Claim
Priority for wrongful death damages in New Jersey is given to the heirs and dependents of the deceased, such as spouses, children, parents, and siblings. They may receive compensation for the following losses, if the jury deems it:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of household services
- Loss of companionship
Emotional distress is not compensable under the Wrongful Death Act but may be compensable through a tort action for the negligent infliction of emotional distress. However, the following circumstances must be present for the tort action to be considered valid: the defendant’s negligence led to the death of the decedent, the plaintiff and the decedent shared an intimate marital or familial relationship, and the plaintiff has been inflicted with severe emotional distress from witnessing the death.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities and Prevention
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed between 2001 and 2008, a period which saw a 55 percent growth in motorcyclist fatality rates. The highest fatality rates were among 20-24 year-olds.
Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers of other motor vehicles. In fact, they are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than drivers of passenger vehicles. However, a motorcyclist can significantly reduce his or her chances of dying in an accident by wearing a helmet. In 2009, approximately 44 percent of all motorcyclists who experienced fatal accidents were not wearing a helmet at the time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many of their lives were needlessly lost, since hundreds of them could’ve survived if they only wore a helmet.
In addition to wearing proper protective gear, motorcyclists can prevent an accident by practicing the following safety guidelines:
- Never drink and ride your motorcycle. Alcohol greatly impairs coordination and reaction, making drunk motorcycling extremely dangerous. If you are inebriated, have a sober friend give you a ride or take a taxi.
- Avoid tailgating. The motor vehicle in front of you may suddenly stop, forcing you into a precarious, even deadly situation.
- Avoid lingering in blind spots. Drivers of passenger vehicles already have a harder time seeing motorcycles than other motor vehicles.
- Relax, but stay cautious at the same time. Do not get nervous and tense up your body. This will only tire you out. However, do regard your surroundings with great care and don’t trust any motorist to make the right move.
Unfortunately, even if a motorcyclist rides safe, he or she is still susceptible to his or her environment, and one false move from a negligent motorist can extinguish a life in an instant.
New Jersey Fatal Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Helping You Move On
The New Jersey fatal accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have nearly two decades of experience with deadly accident cases in New Jersey. We are well versed in motorcycle accident laws in the state. We understand your family is experiencing profound grief, and we will work directly with you to hold accountable those who took the life of your loved one. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to find out how we can help you.
- Motorcycle Safety Is the Responsibility of Riders and Drivers
- Motorcycle Safety - CDC
- Motorcycles Fatality Facts - IIHS
- Motorcycles Involved in Fatal Crashes by Most Harmful Event
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