Each year in New Jersey, more than 2,500 motorcycles are involved in crashes according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. While cars and trucks are dangerous due to their size and weight, motorcycles come with their own unique set of hazards. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than deaths in cars and other vehicles in 2016. The following are safety tips for riders to avoid potential motorcycle accidents:
When purchasing a motorcycle, drivers should make sure that it is the right model for them based on their level of experience. Motorcycles vary in size, torque, and other factors. Less experienced riders should choose smaller, less powerful motorcycles they can handle until they are used to riding. Rider safety courses are also available through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to help both beginner and experienced riders learn how to ride safely and responsibly.
Motorcyclists must share the road with other drivers and should therefore drive defensively. Accidents often occur because drivers do not see motorcyclists who attempt to change lanes or riders who are stuck in their blind spots. Reflective materials can be added to motorcycles to increase nighttime visibility, and headlights should always be used. The NHTSA also recommends wearing brightly-colored, reflective clothing to increase driver visibility.
According to the NHTSA, nearly one-third of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2017 involved alcohol-impaired drivers. This percentage was higher than that of passenger cars and large truck drivers. Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous and affects one’s judgment, coordination, and reaction time. Therefore, it is important for motorcyclists to remain sober while driving to avoid potentially catastrophic accidents.
Motorcycles have less traction than cars and other vehicles, making it easier for drivers to hydroplane or lose control. Rain, fog, and other weather conditions can also make it difficult for drivers to see. Motorcyclists should avoid driving in bad weather when possible. If already driving when bad weather hits, pull over and wait for it to subside.
Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet to protect the brain from injury in the event of a crash. The NHTSA recommends choosing a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Such helmets are marked with the DOT symbol and contain a care/use information label. For additional protection, riders should wear thick clothing that completely covers their arms and legs, as well as ankle-length boots and gloves with grips.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Cherry Hill motorcycle accident lawyer at Williams Cedar. Our experienced attorneys will help you obtain the financial damages to which you are entitled, including medical care, lost wages, and emotional trauma. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly represent clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-470-9777 today.