Anti-motorcycle rider bias has real impact on bikers and their families
You know the stereotypes. They’re almost as old as motorcycles themselves: The Sons of Anarchy, the Hells Angels – rampaging biker gangs storming through small towns, terrorizing the customers with their loud bikes, giant beards, leathers, and general anti-social attitudes.
Here’s the thing though:
These stereotypes just aren’t true, and yet they have real impact on all bikers, and their families.
One of the main reasons I write NJ motorcycle accident articles is to help fight these negative images by demonstrating both in writing and in action that the typical biker is a responsible, law abiding citizen who bears no resemblance to the caricature of motorcycle riders I described above.
These impacts are especially harsh when a crash is involved. I see this every day in my role as a New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney.
Insurance companies, judges, juries, and opposing counsel have practically internalized anti-biker bias and regularly try to use it to win during negotiations of claims and to reduce payouts to families and victims in their lawsuits.
NJ motorcycle accident articles and the impact of anti-biker prejudice
I have written a number of NJ motorcycle accident articles that touch on this issue. Some instances in which I believe this bias can have a measurable impact include cases where I act as a motorcycle wreck lawyer for DUI victims, and in claims where a biker seeks damages for his/her NJ motorcycle accident injuries from the state government.
In cases such as these, anti-motorcycle rider bias can prevent a family from receiving compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that could prevent a crushing debt or a bankruptcy.
I consider it part of my job to educate judges, juries, arbitrators, and the general public about the real lives of bikers, in order to overcome stereotypes and help them to reach fair conclusions. I have also tried to fight back against unfair prejudice by highlighting the many charities that I and my fellow bikers support.
In addition to covering these issues in my NJ motorcycle accident articles, I also write about them at my Pennsylvania cycle attorney blog.
Obviously my success as a lawyer is dependent upon overcoming these stereotypes. I have always believed that it is wrong to apply an incorrect label to the millions of veterans, business owners, community members, and moms and dads who all simply share their love for riding motorcycles.
Anti-motorcycle bias may seem like a non-issue to those who don’t ride. But those of us who do ride know that this is not the case. This prejudice is real, and it has real world consequences for the millions of Americans who ride, the thousands who are involved in accidents, and the loved ones of those who are injured.
If you believe that anti-motorcycle rider bias has had an impact on your accident claim, protect your rights by calling New Jersey motorcycle injury lawyer Lee D. Gaber, Esquire at 1-888-292-5352 (888-cycle-law).