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Distracted Driving Puts Motorcyclists at Risk

Distracted Driving and Motorcycle Crashes According to one study, drivers today are almost 60% more likely to use their phones behind the wheel, be it for talking or texting. Despite public awareness campaigns and law enforcement initiatives, distracted driving is becoming even more common—and dangerous—in New Jersey. While motorcyclists may find it difficult to use a phone and operate a bike at the same time, far too many car and truck drivers get behind the wheel and continue to talk, surf and text while driving. More Drivers Distracted Behind the Wheel When drivers are distracted, the consequences can be deadly. Deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle crashes, rose to over 40,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017 after five decades of significantly lower numbers. In fact, every day, at... read more

Motorcyclists Face More Crashes on NJ Roads

Motorcyclists Face Higher Collision Risks in New Jersey While motorcycle accident deaths declined across the country in 2017, the latest available year of statistics, they continued to rise in New Jersey. In fact, motorcycle crash fatalities increased by 15 percent over that one year. Many of these collisions are caused by other drivers, and you can work with a New Jersey motorcycle injury lawyer to protect yourself in case of a crash. Threats to Motorcyclists on NJ Streets Across the country, 40,100 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2017. Of those, 4,798 were killed in motorcycle collisions, marking a downward trend from the prior year when 5,251 motorcyclists were killed. This marked an overall 8.6 percent decrease in fatalities related to motorcycle crashes. However, New Jersey joined... read more

What to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident

Steps to Take When Involved in a Motorcycle Accident While a motorcycle makes for a great means of transportation that's also fun to ride, operating these vehicles can heighten your risk of getting into an accident. There were 88,000 injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents in 2015. If you ever become injured in one of these accidents, contact our motorcycle injury lawyer so that we can help you determine what your legal options might be. Focus on Medical Attention When a person has been involved in a motorcycle accident, his or her first instinct is to check to see if he or she is OK. The boost of adrenaline during an accident can mask an injury in the minutes following the accident, which is why it's important to check over... read more

Improve Your Chances of Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Crash

Important Steps for People Injured in a Motorcycle Accident According to New Jersey’s Department of Law and Public Safety, over half of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections, and more than two-thirds of them are blamed on drivers not seeing motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded that people on motorcycles face a five times greater risk of injury than people in passenger vehicles. Don’t Try to Determine Crash Liability at the Accident Scene After a wreck, you’ll likely feel disoriented. You might not fully realize the extent of your motorcycle crash injuries. For these reasons, you should avoid making statements of fault or responsibility to police or other parties. More importantly, anything you say about the cause of the accident might influence future legal action. In New Jersey,... read more

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Spring

Motorcycle Accidents Increase During Warm Weather Months In 2017, 81 New Jersey motorcycle riders died in collisions. Of those, 49 were killed during the months of June, July, August and September. According to traffic safety experts, the reason motorcycle fatalities increase during warm weather months is because there are both more motorcycles and more cars on the road, making it statistically more likely that crashes will occur. How the Weather Affects Accident Risk Spring weather poses its own special challenges. For example, while temperatures increase during the spring months, the weather is still unpredictable. It could be sunny and dry one moment and rainy, wet and slippery the next, causing unpredictable road conditions. In addition, potholes are plentiful in the spring, meaning that motorcycle riders have an increased chance of... read more