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Warm weather is particularly inviting to motorcyclists, as there are few better ways to enjoy the state of New Jersey than riding out in the open on a cloudless summer day. Unfortunately, despite their gas-efficiency and style, motorcycles are one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. If you are a motorcyclist, you most likely have no more protection than a pair of boots, jeans and a jacket, which will certainly not protect you from a serious accident. People very often do not show motorcyclists the respect they deserve on the road, and if you were injured in an accident, you are most likely looking into the compensation you need. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the primary causes of motorcycle accidents?

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:

  • Poor road conditions
  • Negligent road design
  • Inclement weather conditions, like black ice or heavy rain
  • Defective motorcycle parts
  • Negligent motorcycle design

While all these factors contribute to the overall total of motorcycle accidents, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is, unfortunately, driver negligence. If you are able to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you should be entitled to financial compensation.

What are some examples of driver negligence?

If you wish to prove the other party’s negligence, you must know what they were doing at the time of your accident and whether or not it had an impact on your crash. Here are some examples of driver negligence: 

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving
  • Smoking, eating or navigating directions while driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Suddenly changing lanes
  • Ignoring traffic lights or signs
  • Disobeying other rules and regulations of the road

How can I prove another party’s negligence?

Insurance companies will sometimes do whatever they can to ensure you do not get the financial compensation you deserve. However, there are a few things you can do to fight them. In order to satisfy the burden of proof, photographic or video evidence is usually your best bet in proving your personal injury claim. However, witness testimony and medical documentation regarding the extent of your injuries may also help you win your case. Lastly, it is very important that you significantly limit your social media posting once you have filed your claim. Insurance companies may be monitoring your account, waiting for you to post something that even slightly contradicts your claim. If you do, they may use it as evidence against you and you could lose out on the financial compensation you need. 

Contact our Bergen County firm

If you or someone you know was involved in an accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.

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