With the arrival of spring, more New Jersey citizens are venturing outdoors. This includes more motorcyclists. April offers ideal weather to ride a motorbike. Unfortunately, because more motorcyclists are on the road, they are at a greater risk for accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than car passengers to die in a motor vehicle accident. They are also five times more likely to sustain injuries.
The NHTSA’s report shows that 60 fatal crashes occurred in New Jersey in a year where 61 people died. More than 2,000 individuals involved in the accidents were injured.
Studies suggest the main reasons for motorcycle accidents are:
- Driver’s failure to pay attention to the road
- Heavy traffic
- Driver does not look in their blind spots, missing motorcyclists
- Severe weather conditions
New Jersey’s Department of Law & Public Safety also lists the following facts:
- More than two-thirds of riders crash because the other driver does not see them
- More than half of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections
- Over 40% of single vehicle motorcycle accidents occur during corners and turns
Both the motorcycle rider and other cars on the road have a responsibility to obey all traffic laws. Too often, motorcyclists get lost in a driver’s blind spot and the driver fails to properly check their surroundings before changing lanes. In other situations, the car driver does not know to look for motorcyclists, being situationally blind to them. This does not excuse them from any potential accidents.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents have occurred recently. This past week, several fatal accidents occurred.
These incidents include:
- A fatal crash on April 17.
- Motorcyclists dies after being hit with refrigerator on April 18.
- Dirt bike crash leaves Patterson man dead on April 18.
Motorcyclists have a right to the road. It is important that all drivers pay close attention to their surroundings and for any passing motorcycles. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident because of another driver’s negligence or inattention, contact our New Jersey personal injury lawyers. We prioritize your needs and can help you seek the compensation you deserve.