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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

What to Do When an Accident Is Caused By a Defective Bike Part

Handling Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Defective Bike Parts Defective bike parts and poor bike design may be the reason that you were involved in a motorcycle accident since even one defective part can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle. In 2015, more than 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents, a small percentage of which were caused by defective parts. Our law firm is experienced in representing motorcycle accident cases that involve defective parts, which means that we can help you obtain the compensation you're owed. Common Defects That Cause Motorcycle Accidents Whether the mechanic who you recently took your bike to provided poor repair work or the manufacturer placed a defective part on the motorcycle, there are many defects that can cause motorcycle accidents. These accidents can... 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

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

Can Reforming Our Motorcycle Laws Save Lives?

Reform of Motorcycle Laws in the United States According to statistics published by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, casualties due to motorcycle accidents occur at 28 times the rate of casualties due to car accidents. Despite stricter laws regarding motorcycle permits, licensing and safety, motorcycle-related accidents are trending up instead of down. The demand of motorcycle accident victims for legal representation may be at an all-time high, and some people throughout the U.S. are calling for motorcycle law reform. The Hurt Report Proponents of motorcycle law reform are calling for a new safety study, and even many New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys agree. After all, most current law is founded on the Hurt Report, which was conducted in Los Angeles in 1981. That means legal decisions are... read more