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New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys

Representing motorcycle accident victims throughout NJ

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, has been successfully fighting on behalf of people injured in motorcycle accidents throughout New Jersey for years. We have earned our reputation as formidable, aggressive and intelligent personal injury lawyers with a case history to prove it. We work with the leading accident reconstruction professionals in the region to investigate and prepare motorcycle accident claims. When our lawyers sit down to negotiate a settlement, it is with a case of evidence that is prepared to win in court.

How common are motorcycle accidents in NJ?

There were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in 2016, which represents a 5.1% increase over the previous year. That’s 257 more motorcyclists losing their lives in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA.) Motorcycle accident fatalities accounted for about 14% of all traffic fatalities and 17% of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities.

What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcyclists have two substantial strikes against them: the first is that they are smaller than the other vehicles on the road making them more difficult to be seen, and they have no protection in a crash. There are many factors that can lead to a motorcycle collision including:

  • Speeding
  • Alcohol use
  • Rider inexperience
  • Following too closely
  • Inadequate surveillance when turning in front of a motorcyclist
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Failure on the part of the other driver to see the motorcyclist

The driver said he/she didn’t see the motorcycle before the crash

Sometimes after a crash between a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, the driver will say in disbelief, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.” Yet, the motorcycle was there because the driver managed to crash into it. Drivers owe a duty of care to one another to drive safely and part of that duty is to be on the lookout for all types of vehicles from other cars to smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles and bicycles. Drivers who remain alert and aware and focused on the task of driving keep our roads safe for everyone.

Motorcyclists who wear reflective gear, a helmet, and remain alert and aware of everything around them also contribute to a safe driving environment.

Examples of motorcycle accident injuries

Because motorcyclists do not enjoy the safety of being enclosed in a two-ton steel vehicle, they are vulnerable to some extreme injuries when they survive a motorcycle crash. Some examples of motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Road rash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Injuries to the knee, ankle, and foot
  • Wrist, hand, and finger injuries
  • Burn injuries

Motorcycle helmet law in New Jersey

New Jersey motorcycle riders are required by law (P.L. 39:3-76.7) to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) (FMVSS 218) approved helmet. The NJ Department of Transportation reports that about 90% or riders who are involved in crashes have no formal training. NJDOT recommends the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training programs for new riders to help avoid crashes and injuries.

Is there a time limit for filing a motorcycle accident injury claim?

Yes. The legal time limit for filing a personal injury claim after a motorcycle crash in New Jersey is two years from the date of the injury. A person who fails to file a claim before the two years has expired lose the right to pursue compensation. This tight timeline underscores the crucial importance of contacting an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney right away so that we can get started building a strong case for you.

What types of damages are available for a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

Our system of civil justice provides a venue where people who have sustained an injury, or survivors who have lost loved ones because of the negligence of another person can pursue justice in the form of financial compensation. Every case is unique, but the most common types of damage available to compensate the injured or the loved ones of the decedent in a wrongful death claim include:

  • Medical expenses related to the accident injury, which may include ongoing medical care into the future.
  • Lost wages and benefits for the time missed at work due to a hospital stay, or time spent recuperating from the injury.
  • Pain and suffering for the injury
  • Emotional distress. Some accidents can be traumatic, and cause the injured person significant distress and in some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of consortium damages are awarded to the spouse to compensate him or her for the loss of services that the injured person was once able to provide before the injury.
  • Punitive damages are rare because they are only available in egregious cases

How can a New Jersey motorcycle accident injury lawyer help my case?

When motorcyclists have been injured in a crash with another vehicle they may face significant challenges when it comes to trying to recover compensation for their injuries. Working with a New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer gives you access to the skills and experience to advocate on your behalf with the insurance companies and preparing a case in court. Most personal injury cases are settled with the insurance companies without a trial, but at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, our partners are Certified Civil Trial Attorneys. When a motorcyclist is injured or killed in an accident, insurance companies often believe they have an upper hand when it comes to settling a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The fact is, if the biker tries to sue in court, many jurors have a built-in bias against anyone who chooses to ride a motorcycle. Insurance adjusters know that less experienced personal injury lawyers will back down and accept a low-ball settlement, rather than take their chances with a jury.

We are skilled litigators who will fight for the compensation you deserve. We handle all the legal aspects of preparing a claim or building a case for litigation including:

  • Gathering evidence and witness statements
  • Investigating the accident scene
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Review of your medical records
  • Work with appropriate subject matter experts
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies

When you work with Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, you gain the benefit of working with a team of award-winning attorneys who have secured more than $500 million in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our NJ motorcycle accident attorneys have garnered national attention from having taken on high-profile cases and winning them, but we never lose sight of the needs of individual clients.

NJ motorcycle crash lawyers helping the injured

From offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, our lawyers advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Call Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-384-1331 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey accident lawyer at an office near you.

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I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-22T00:29:45+00:00

~ Client

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

~ Client

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

~ M.M.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

This is a 5 star firm.

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:04:32+00:00

~ Client

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:07:23+00:00

~ Client

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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