If you have been seriously injured in a cold tire motorcycle accident in New Jersey due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to fight for your interests. Levin & Malkin, a well-respected personal injury law firm in Hackensack, is prepared to evaluate your situation at no cost, file a lawsuit against the person who harmed you, and work hard and long to see to it that you receive a just outcome.
Why not be proactive? Call us to discuss your case now so we can begin investigating while the police report and medical data are easily available and witness memories are still clear. We will not charge you any attorneys’ fees until we win your case and you obtain the settlement you need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from your ordeal.
When temperatures fall and motorcycle tire pressure drops precipitously, motorcycles are even more challenging than usual to drive safely. Under the best of circumstances, motorcycles require more skill to maneuver than cars and have a considerably higher rate of accidents. Also, bikers are much more likely to be seriously injured in a collision because, unlike drivers of other vehicles, they are not enclosed in a protective structure. When cold tires are added into the mix, especially during colder months when snow, ice, and potholes complicate driving issues, riding a motorcycle can be especially dangerous.
How Cold Motorcycle Tires Create Problems
Most motorcycle riders know that their motorcycles have to be safety-checked regularly, particularly for variations in tire pressure. This is because a 10-degree drop in temperature can lower tire pressure by one to two pounds. Driving a motorcycle with underinflated tires is dangerous for several reasons. It can, for instance:
- Cause tires to wear prematurely, increasing the chance of a blowout
- Lower ground clearance, making the bike more vulnerable to road defects
- Reduce the load capacity of the motorcycle
- Make steering and other handling more difficult
- Cause the tire to separate from the rim
- Cause internal tire damage
- Result in uneven tread wear
Because cold tires present such a risk to the motorcycle rider, riders need to inspect their tires frequently, particularly after a cold snap, so they can inflate them if need be. At the same time, it’s always wise to check motorcycle tires for cracks, bulges, embedded objects, and any other signs of wear.
Cold Tire Motorcycle Riding Requires Extra Precautions
Experienced bikers have learned how important it is to adjust their driving habits to weather and road conditions. They remember to exercise caution when balancing the weight on their vehicle, especially when carrying a passenger and to slow when going around curves. They have also become expert at scanning the road ahead for debris, snow or ice patches, steel plates, and potholes. They drive at a slower speed on cold tires, recognizing that it’s more difficult to stop on cold tires because their grip on the pavement is diminished.
Additionally, motorcycle riders can help prevent accidents by driving more slowly than they ordinarily would in order to give their tires the time they need to warm up and increase traction.
Bikers should also check to make sure their front and back tires have the same pressure to maintain balance.
When Another’s Negligence Causes Your Accident
No matter how carefully you maintain and ride your motorcycle, there will be others on the road who are less careful; too often some are negligent or reckless. If you have been in an accident in which someone else’s action or inaction — e.g., weaving into your traffic lane, failing to stop at a red light — has resulted in your serious personal injury, the law entitles you to retrieve substantial damages. The keen motorcycle accident attorneys at Levin & Malkin will fight vigorously to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Injuries Commonly Suffered in Cold Tire Motorcycle Accidents
You know by now that while wearing the helmet required by New Jersey law is essential to protect you (to a degree) from head injuries. You also know that heavy leather pants, jackets, boots, and gloves can mitigate potential injuries. Nonetheless, any time you are involved in a collision with a vehicle eight to ten times your weight, you are in big trouble. Bikers involved in traffic accidents often suffer:
- Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
- Limb or skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Muscular damage
- Road rash
In too many cases, a cold tire motorcycle accident caused by the driver of the other vehicle may lead to the wrongful death of the biker. If you have experienced the horror of losing a loved one in a cold tire motorcycle accident, our team will do everything we can to obtain damages to cover final medical costs, funeral expenses, and loss of emotional and financial support.
Damages Levin & Malkin Will Fight to Win for You and Your Family
Our attorneys are compassionate as well as skilled. Aware of how devastating a serious accident is to the whole family, we will use our strong negotiation and litigation skills to help you obtain damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present, and future
- Property damage or loss
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Long-term nursing care
- Permanent scarring or other disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
What happens in New Jersey if you’re partially at fault for the accident?
While different states have varying approaches to a partial fault, New Jersey works under the principle of modified comparative fault. This means that you can recover damages as long as you are not more responsible for the accident (51 percent or more) than the other party. You will, however, lose the percentage of the damages awarded to you equivalent to your perceived percentage of fault. Put simply, if you are deemed by the court to bear 20 percent of the fault, you will lose 20 percent of your awarded settlement.
Don’t worry, though. Our cold tire motorcycle accident attorneys have well-honed strategies to prove that any mistakes you made that contributed to the accident were minor compared to those of the other party.
Our Hackensack Cold Tire Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Will Handle Everything
We are aware of how overwhelming serious injuries are and how difficult it is to endure being incapacitated and dependent on others. We also know how meaningful it is to be able to trust that all essential issues are being handled efficiently and effectively. For over 40 years, Levin and Malkin has earned that trust, and millions of dollars, for our deserving clients. Contact our office today to get started on your claim.