New Jersey has some of the busiest highways in the country and that means there is usually a wide variety of vehicles on the roads, including motorcycles.
More than just a method of transportation, motorcycling is a popular and enjoyable hobby for many people. Unfortunately, injuries from a motorcycle accident are often major or even life-threatening. After all, motorcycles are typically the smallest vehicles on the road.
There are many common causes of motorcycle accidents and several things you can do to reduce your risk of an accident if you ride a motorcycle.
Distracted drivers pose a huge threat to motorcyclists. Distracted driving remains a problem and the small size of a motorcycle could cause another driver to miss seeing you and result in a collision. This is especially true in situations involving hidden driveways or left turns.
Heavy traffic during busy times like rush hour contributes to many motorcycle accidents. Drivers who speed, frequently change lanes or drive aggressively can easily fail to spot a motorcyclist.
Some of this comes from a lack of respect for motorcyclists or understanding of traffic laws Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, but some drivers do not understand this and feel it is fine to swerve around motorcyclists or engage in other dangerous behavior.
Road conditions and bad weather
Road and weather conditions can increase your chance of an accident. Several road problems that might not affect drivers of other vehicles could cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash.
Factors such as narrow roads, gravel, water or lack of lighting make operating a motorcycle more difficult.
The changing seasons affect your motorcycle, as well. Summer road construction can reduce your tire traction, while leaves scattered over the roads in the fall could be a hazard. Roads are sometimes particularly rough in the spring before the rain washes away the debris from winter weather.
What you can do to prevent an accident
You can stay safe on your motorcycle by always wearing a helmet and making sure your motorcycle is properly maintained. Perform regular safety checks and take care of any issues before taking your bike out for a ride.
Pay attention and do not become a distracted driver yourself. Follow all traffic laws and use hand signals to help drivers see you and be aware of what you are doing.
Be sure you are properly trained before deciding to take your motorcycle out on main roads and highways. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by inexperienced riders. Start out riding your motorcycle in smaller, controlled areas, such as parking lots.
Never ride your motorcycle while you are intoxicated or impaired from drugs. This includes over-the-counter drugs that can cause drowsiness.
Helping you rebuild your life after an accident
No matter how safe you are, you cannot control other drivers. If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may have a claim for compensation through a personal injury action.
A motorcycle accident can cost you a lot. Recovering from your injuries may take a long time and cause you to be out of work. PTSD or fear of getting on a motorcycle are common experiences after an accident. You can hold negligent drivers accountable by asserting your right to compensation.