Avoid motorcycle accidents: Start seeing motorcyclists in New Jersey

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in New Jersey, but there are steps you can take to prevent them.

For motorcyclists, it does not get much better than riding a motorcycle on a beautiful summer afternoon in the Garden State. It only takes a moment, however, for an enjoyable ride to turn into a tragedy. Oftentimes this occurs when a person driving a car simply fails to notice a motorcycle, and a collision and injuries follow.

Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable group of motorists in New Jersey. They suffer injuries five times more often than car occupants do, and they are 26 times more likely to suffer a fatal motor vehicle accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Between 2009 and 2013 there have been almost 13,000 motorcycle crashes in New Jersey. In over two thirds of collisions involving other vehicles, the other driver never saw the motorcyclist.

Preventing motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists and other drivers can take several steps to prevent motorcycle accidents:

Safety tips for motorcyclists

  • Wear a helmet and protective clothing, including gloves, eye protection, abrasion-resistant clothing and boots.
  • Be conscious of drivers' blind spots and adjust your lane position when possible.
  • Give yourself space between other vehicles so you can avoid sudden braking.

Safety tips for drivers of other vehicles

  • Actively look for motorcycles. Drivers usually focus on looking for other cars, and therefore often fail to notice motorcycles.
  • Share the road with motorcycle riders. Motorcycles may need to avoid additional road hazards. Give them the space they need to maneuver.
  • Check your mirrors twice. It is easier to miss motorcycles because of their small size and ability to maneuver quickly.

What to do after a motorcycle accident

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, even if motorcyclists and drivers take all the necessary precautions. Obviously, the first thing you need to do is get medical attention for any injuries. Motorcycle riders are much more likely to suffer serious injures than those in other motor vehicles because of the lack of physical protections on a bike.

After you receive treatment for any injuries, an insurance company may offer you a settlement. It is very valuable to consult with an attorney before accepting any funds from insurance companies.

The attorneys at Markowitz O'Donnell have helped numerous clients injured in motorcycle accidents. They can answer your questions and advise you of the best steps to take to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available.

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