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New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Information

How to Improve Safety for New Jersey Motorcyclists The most vulnerable group of motorists in the Garden State is motorcyclists. A bike rider is more than 28 times more likely than a car passenger to die in an accident. The rider is also five times more likely to be injured in a vehicle accident. Disturbing Statistics Over the past 10 years, 2011 saw the highest number of motorcycle fatalities at 93 while 2015 saw the lowest with 50 deaths. These numbers varied greatly in the past 10 years. There were over 12,000 crashes involving motorcycles from 2012 to 2016. In 2017, 32.5% of motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol. Excessive speed was responsible for 26% of motorcyclist fatalities, and 24% involved driver inattention. In 2016, over 2,200 motorcycle drivers in New... read more

Motorcycle Passengers Have Rights and Obligations

Your Legal Rights as a Motorcycle Passenger Of the nearly 5,000 Americans killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015, 6% were passengers. When you’re riding on the back of a bike, you’re entrusting your safety to another individual, and you need to make sure that person is up to this challenge. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of the motorcyclist’s carelessness or bad judgment, you have legal rights, and an experienced NJ motorcycle accident lawyer can help you safeguard them. Motorcycle Passenger Do's and Don’ts There’s nothing quite as much fun as riding on the back of a bike down a country road on a beautiful day. Carrying a passenger, though, changes the dynamics of riding a motorcycle. The bike handles very differently with... read more

Motorcyclists Face Many Hazards on the Road

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Calls Attention to Hazards on the Road Every May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month focuses on keeping riders safe on the road. It is a good idea for both drivers and bikers to refresh their knowledge of safety precautions. Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable on the road as they are 28 times more likely to die than car occupants in an accident. Drivers of All Vehicles Should Be Careful With the start of summer, many bikers are out to enjoy the warm temperatures and beautiful weather. Drivers need to use extreme caution when they are close to a motorcycle on the street. While drivers on the road need to be more cautious, it is also the responsibility of motorcyclist to take some safety precautions as well. With... 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

Riding a Motorcycle Without a Helmet? Serious Risk!

Risks of Riding a Motorcycle Without a Helmet Anyone who has been on a motorcycle knows that proper safety gear and remaining visible to other drivers are two key ways to avoid being involved in a serious accident. However, the number of people involved in critical motorcycle accidents such as those leading to catastrophic injuries and fatalities has been on the rise in recent years. Riding a motorcycle without a helmet is very risky for riders. Motorcycle accidents represent significant risks to a motorcycle rider because even with appropriate safety gear such as a helmet, critical injuries can occur.  People who have been hurt in a motorcycle accident may be able to recover damages, including: Lost wages Pain and suffering Costs for medical bills now and in the future... read more

How to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle During Wintry Conditions

Safety and Riding a Motorcycle in Winter Weather Staying safe when riding a motorcycle in winter is important. Follow these tips to drive safe this winter. Riding a motorcycle always carries some level of risk. You’re on a slim, small, and fast-moving vehicle that’s capable of weaving in and out of lanes and between them. Of course, when you ride in the winter in snowy, icy conditions, it’s even more dangerous. If you’re in the New Jersey area and you don’t have any other vehicles to travel a considerable distance, you may have no choice but to take your bike for a spin. Unfortunately, accidents can easily happen no matter what you're driving when snow and ice are on the road. To minimize your risks, here are some tips... read more