Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Losing someone you care about in a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming, especially when the negligent acts of another motorist caused that loss. You do not have to deal with this burden alone because the compassionate lawyers at Goldstein & Goldstein can offer the support you require moving forward.
If your loved one died in a fatal motorcycle accident in New Jersey, the last thing you may want to do is deal with the court and legal system; however, a motorcycle accident attorney may be able to help you put your life back together. So sit down for a free consultation today and discuss your claim when you’re ready.
New Jersey Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
In 2018, there were 525 fatal crashes with 564 people killed in New Jersey. More than 50 of those fatalities involved motorcycles. Although motorcycle fatalities decreased from 84 to 53 in 2017, these accidents can be detrimental to motorcycle riders and their families.
It’s important to note that over 35 percent of motorcycle drivers who died due to a crash were under the influence of alcohol, which is 10 percent higher than the national average. Wearing a helmet and safely operating your motorcycle can reduce your risk of an accident, but there’s no way to control the dangers of other negligent motorists.
Filing A Motorcycle Accident Claim
Motorcycle accidents may result in several consequences, from property damage to death.
The monetary, physical, and psychological losses you and your family experience could be detrimental.
The expenses related to a fatal motorcycle accident will vary but may include:
- Financial losses including medical transport costs, hospital care/other medical bills, bike repair/replacement costs, and lost wages
- Physical losses including serious injury requiring long-term rehabilitation and care, loss of limbs, disfigurement, paralysis, and severe brain trauma
- Psychological damages like pain and suffering that result in mental anguish
When it comes to wrongful death claims, the following damages are particularly relevant:
- Exemplary damages when a death is caused by a willful act or grossly negligent conduct
- Loss of companionship and affection
- Loss of the deceased person’s future earning capacity, services, and household support
- Loss of parental guidance, counsel, and instruction
- Pain and suffering over your loved one’s preventable death
Filing a wrongful death claim can be an effective course of action for surviving family members who wish to secure compensation for their losses. Speak with the adept attorneys at Goldstein and Goldstein about your options today.
Fault in a Fatal Motorcycle Accident
A loved one can file fatal motorcycle accident claims on behalf of the deceased. The purpose of these claims is to seek damages for a loved one who suffered wrongful death as a result of the accident.
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident could be traumatic, and this experience may entitle you to compensation. To seek compensation, hire an experienced attorney to help prove the other party’s negligence caused the wrongful death of your loved one.
A party may be deemed negligent in your wrongful death case if:
- Another driver was at fault for the accident
- The accident was caused by defective bike parts from the motorcycle manufacturer
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Wrongful death cases in New Jersey have a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you must file the claim within two years of the date of the motorcycle accident or risk losing the opportunity to bring the matter to court.
With cases involving fatal motorcycle accidents, the lawyers at Goldstein & Goldstein will work aggressively for the victim’s family. New Jersey wrongful death case laws apply to motorcycle accidents.
New Jersey wrongful death laws allow a surviving spouse to recover for medical and funeral expenses, loss of income due to the death of the loved one, and emotional losses caused by their wrongful death. A successful wrongful death lawsuit could help make sure that you’re able to put your life back together the best you can after the passing of your loved one.