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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

New Motorcyclist Mistakes to Avoid

New Motorcyclist Mistakes to Avoid For those who have purchased their first motorcycle, it can be exciting to spend time on the road. While it's an exciting time, it's also important to note that motorcycles are involved in 11% of all accidents on the road in the U.S. If you're a beginner with your motorcycle, there are a few common new motorcyclist mistakes to avoid so you can keep yourself safe. Forgetting to Cancel Turn Signals Many motorcyclists often forget to cancel their turn signals while operating the bike. It's important to get in the habit of canceling the turn signals as you drive to ensure that you communicate well to other drivers and can protect yourself. A Lack of Clearance Many motorcyclists make the mistake of getting too... read more

How to Practice Defensive Motorcycle Riding

How to Practice Defensive Motorcycle Riding While there's nothing like the freedom of being on a motorcycle, there are some risks involved in doing this. Nearly 5,500 motorcycles were involved in crashes in 2016. If you want to enjoy continued use of your bike and protect yourself while riding, there are some steps you can take to practice defensive motorcycle riding each time you hit the road. Wear Protective Gear Although collisions aren't always avoidable, there are still ways to reduce the risk of getting injured while riding. Make it a point to wear protective gear that can be used as a barrier for your body should you hit the pavement. You'll need to find a helmet that fits well and offers a shield for your eyes without compromising... read more

Why All Motorcyclists Should Take an Advanced Motorcycle Rider Course

Why You Should Take an Advanced Motorcycle Rider Course Some of the most common causes behind motorcycle accidents are hitting unexpected debris and entering corners too fast. You want to make sure you avoid these issues and stay safe while driving. Taking an advanced motorcycle rider course can help you avoid accidents. Increased Safety on the Road with an advanced motorcycle rider course You'll learn helpful techniques in an advanced motorcycle rider course that keep you safer on roads. One of the most important advanced motorcycle riding techniques to learn is trail braking. You will have more control and stability through turns once you master this technique. When you become used to high speeds at the track, your everyday riding on the road will feel easier. Additional benefits are... read more

Sharing the Road With Unfriendly Drivers

How Motorcyclists Can Share the Road With Unfriendly Drivers While hitting the open road on a motorcycle can be exhilarating, many bikers quickly learn how many hazards await in the form of inconsiderate car and truck drivers. Drivers who show little or no regard for the motorcyclists that they encounter often cause serious accidents. A sobering fact for many New Jersey bikers is that a motorcycle crash carries an 82% chance of causing injuries. Consequences of Unfriendly Drivers New Jersey statistics estimate that over 2,000 crashes involving motorcycles happen in the average year. Depending on the injuries, a biker might have to live with consequences ranging from health care bills to missed work time to emotional trauma. The extent of injuries these crashes cause is one reason why a... read more

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