How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in New Jersey?

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in NJ?

Motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of serious injury and death in New Jersey. As a result, many motorcycle accident victims are unable to work and have medical bills and other financial obligations that must be met. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to have injuries that require a lifetime of treatment and rehabilitation. Many victims of motorcycle accidents are left with disabilities that will impact their ability to live and enjoy life.

New Jersey motorcycle accident cases have a statute of limitations that begins to run on the date of injury. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Garden State Justice Group can help you understand the deadlines associated with filing a claim. They know the state laws that can help you get the maximum compensation you need for any medical expenses or lost wages. 

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What is a Statute Of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. This limits the amount of time an individual or business has to initiate legal action for something like a criminal offense, breach of contract, or civil wrong.

The purpose of such rules and regulations is to prevent issues from arising many years after an event occurred and avoid the potential for unjust outcomes due to people forgetting details or evidence becoming lost over long periods of time. Statutes of limitations differ based on state and federal laws as well as the type of crime committed, which often range from two to ten years, depending on the specific infraction involved.

Civil law works slightly differently than criminal, where it’s more focused on providing justice, while punitive damages are also taken into consideration when collecting monetary compensation from the accused party. In addition, sometimes statutes of limitation can be extended through certain actions during the period before they expire; however, such extensions can vary greatly by location and type of violation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim In New Jersey?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 alone, while another estimated 88,000 were hurt in motorcycle accidents. If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, it's important to know exactly how much time you have to file a claim. In the state of New Jersey, you generally have two years from the date of your accident or injury to file a claim against an at-fault party that caused your motorcycle wreck. However, this time limit may vary depending on the particular facts and circumstances of your case.

No matter what type of motorcycle crash happened and who was at fault, seeking legal counsel as soon as possible following an injury is always recommended. An experienced personal injury attorney can help guide you through every step required for receiving maximum compensation for all economic losses related to an accident — as well as pain and suffering reimbursement where appropriate — all within the required deadlines associated with filing any kind of safety violation or negligence lawsuit under New Jersey law.

What Happens If You Miss the Filing Deadline?

If you fail to meet this timeframe, then it's possible that all of your legal rights could disappear and that you won't have any avenues available to receive compensation. The court may even refuse to hear your case if you don't follow these guidelines properly.

It's very important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you've been involved in a motorcycle accident so that you can make sure that all documentation is filed within the allotted time frame and avoid this problem altogether. An experienced attorney will also be able to help ensure that all necessary evidence is presented and that your case proceeds with no issues or complications arising out of missing deadlines.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Discuss Your Accident Case in New Jersey

In New Jersey, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to drag out a case, file motions and counterclaims, and do everything they can to avoid paying you or your family what you are owed. Our New Jersey law firm has been handling motorcycle accident cases for over a decade. We know how insurance companies try to stall and delay cases, and we are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Approximately 600 motorcyclists are killed each year in New Jersey, according to Our team can help you understand how the surviving family's rights can be protected, allowing them to seek financial compensation for their loss.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident and believe the other driver or the insurance company is responsible, you have a lot of options. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Garden State Justice Group have experience in dealing with insurance companies and will be able to help you navigate the process to get the compensation you need as fast as possible. Contact our law firm for a free consultation and see how we can help.

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Date Published: January 18, 2023
Shane Sullivan, Esq. is a New Jersey Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer that represents those who were injured or the family's of those killed by the negligence of others in personal injury lawsuits throughout New Jersey.
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