While motorcycle fatalities in the United States are down 5.6 percent in 2017 versus 2016 according to preliminary estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcyclists are still more likely to die in crashes compared to passenger car occupants. Riding a motorcycle presents unique safety hazards that bring an increased risk of injury.
Hazards of operating a motorcycle
Operating a motorcycle can be hazardous for several reasons, but particularly because there is no protective barrier between the motorcyclist and other vehicles on the road. Motorcycles ride in close proximity to cars and trucks, exposed to the elements, debris in the road, and materials that come loose off of open trucks. When a motorcyclist loses traction on an oil slick, there is no airbag to provide protection against injury.
More than one third of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were speeding, according to the American Automobile Association. So slow down, adhere to the posted speed limit, and reduce your speed in rainy or inclement weather.
Adopting safety measures can prevent motorcycle accidents
Motorcyclists can prevent accidents and injuries by adopting a few safety measures when they head out on the road, including the following:
- Always wear a motorcycle helmet that meets a high protection standard
- Wear proper protective clothing
- Wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear
- Wear protective eyewear
- Keep headlights, taillights, and marker lights on at dusk, night, and during rainy weather
- Remain three to four seconds behind a vehicle when you intend to pass
- Always signal turns
- Look for oncoming traffic before passing
- Utilize the rearview mirror to ensure a safe distance from other vehicles when passing
Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden from view
Motorcyclists are often hidden from view by trucks and large vehicles sharing the road. In fact, drivers frequently state that they do not see motorcyclists on the road, which causes accidents when a car pulls out in front of a motorcyclist. Take steps to make yourself as visible as possible and allow extra time when passing and turning to give drivers more time to respond.
Injured in a NJ motorcycle accident? Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or fatality. If you or a loved one has been involved a motorcycle accident that was due to another person or entity’s negligence, personal injury law provides protection. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Leonard Legal Group are experienced, skilled litigators. We successfully navigate the complexities of personal injury law and have a demonstrated track record of success in recovering just compensation for those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. We are available to answer your questions, discuss your motorcycle accident claim, and explain the personal injury claims process. Schedule a confidential consultation with one of our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys by contacting our office at 973-984-1414 or arranging an appointment online.