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Winter Motorcycle Riding Preparation Tips

Minimizing the Dangers of Winter Motorcycle Riding in New Jersey Despite a recent drop in nationwide motorcycle accident fatalities, New Jersey's rate has increased. For New Jersey motorists, 2017 was the deadliest year in a decade, and that included an increase in motorcycle crash fatalities. Unfortunately, the upcoming winter season can be particularly hazardous for motorcyclists; however, there are ways to mitigate the risks of riding through ice and snow. Choose the Right Motorcycle for Winter Riding If you are new to motorcycle riding, you may discover that taking an expensive or prized bike out a lot during the winter is not a good idea. MotoSport recommends using a motorcycle that you do not mind getting dirty or scratched. You do not want to distract yourself on the road... read more

Watch Out for These Types of Motorcycle Accidents

What Are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents? Because motorcyclists have more things to pay attention to, they can easily miss a potential crash risk. That being said, it's important for riders to always be aware of the most common causes behind motorcycle accidents. Some of the biggest threats include left-hand turns, road debris, opening car doors, lane changes, unexpected obstructions and slippery roads. Left-Hand Turns Based on human psychology, car drivers are more likely to overlook motorcyclists when making left-hand turns. This is because they are watching for cars. People tend to find what they are searching for while missing everything else. The brain filters out some information to avoid sensory overload. Unfortunately, this can result in accidents when they forget to also look for motorcycles. Other... read more

The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Motorcycle accidents are extremely common and can often lead to injuries and death. In many cases, the accidents can be prevented. If you want to protect yourself and reduce the risk of a collision, it's important to understand the most common causes of accidents involving motorcycles. Vehicles Making Left-Hand Turns Forty-two percent of motorcycle accidents happen due to vehicles making left-hand turns on the road, which often leads them to strike a motorcycle that is heading in their direction or going straight through an intersection. The accident can also occur as the motorcyclist attempts to pass or overtake the vehicle. Due to the small size of the bike, it can be difficult for a person on the motorcycle to see the motorist. Cars that... read more

Dealing With a Motorcycle Accident Caused By a Road Hazard

Legal Options for Motorcycle Accidents Involving Road Hazards An average of 90,000 injuries occur every year as the result of motorcycle accidents. Due to their two-wheel design, motorcycles can be especially prone to accidents caused by road hazards. When a road hazard leads to an injury, it's important to get in touch with a motorcycle injury lawyer to see if compensation can be sought. Standard Road Hazards for Motorcycles Motorcyclists encounter many more hazards on the road than car drivers. Even leaves can cause you to spin out of control and get into an accident. If you're riding on a rough road that has fallen into disrepair or is damaged because of construction work, there's a higher accident risk. The same is true if you're riding on gravel or... read more

Why Are Motorcycle Accidents More Dangerous Than Car Wrecks?

Motorcycle Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries Motorcycle riders face a higher level of risk on the road, and if they are involved in a wreck, these individuals often incur injuries that are more severe than those caused in an automotive accident. Most motorcyclists tend to be more safety conscience as they travel, but there are times when accidents are unavoidable due to driver negligence. Here are some of the reasons why motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than other crashes. Motorcycle Riders Experience More Injuries and Death Motorcycle accidents can have severe or deadly consequences. With a motorcycle, you do not have the same safety features as an automobile provides. When you are driving on a bike, you are exposed to other vehicles and obstacles. Motorcyclists are 28 times... read more

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident

Make Your Safety a Priority While Riding In 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in an accident compared to those riding in passenger vehicles. You're also far more likely to get hurt while riding a motorcycle compared to being in a car. However, motorcyclists may be able to lower the risk of getting into an accident by staying aware of surroundings at all times. Never Assume That Drivers See You One of the most important things to remember when riding a motorcycle is that other drivers may not be able to see you. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check for cars before going through an intersection, changing lanes or turning onto a different road. By practicing defensive riding techniques, you may give yourself more time... read more

What Precipitates Motorcycle Crashes?

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen? Between 2012 and 2016, nearly 12,000 New Jersey motorcyclists were involved in crashes that resulted in injury or loss of life. The Garden State has an abundance of scenic byways that are perfect for an exhilarating motorcycle spin, but accidents can and do happen. If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, seek the medical attention you need, and when you’re able, arrange to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer who may be able to help you determine proximate cause so that you can receive compensation. Left-Hand Turns Motorcyclists get an unfair rap when it comes to mishaps on the road. They’re often assumed to be the negligent party in any collisions in which they become involved. In fact, according to a 2013 study... read more

Representing Yourself in a Motorcycle Accident is a Mistake

The Downside of Representing Yourself in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Despite a decrease in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents nationally in recent years, New Jersey has had a troubling increase in serious motorcycle accidents. In 2017 alone, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes increased by 15 percent. If you have suffered an injury in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you may have a valid claim for damages. While it may be tempting to represent yourself in your injury lawsuit, the reality is you could risk missing out on recovering compensation for your injuries due to a technical error or similar mistake. Here are a few of the pitfalls in handling a case on your own. Your Investigation Might Miss Something Investigating the facts of a motorcycle crash is... read more

Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do If You Get Into a Motorcycle Accident While riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, these vehicles are also very dangerous. More than 5,200 riders died on U.S. roads due to motorcycle crashes in 2016. If you're a motorcyclist who's lucky enough to survive such a collision, there are some important steps to follow in the immediate aftermath. Collect Information The most important thing that you can do is collect information from the motorist who hit you. This will provide your insurance company with vital information to make your case valid. Pictures, audio testimonies of individuals nearby, and any other information will paint a picture of the scene and most certainly help your case. Call the Police A police officer should be called immediately... 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