Safety for New Jersey motorcyclists

According to statistics, motorcycle riders face a greater risk of getting injured in an accident than individuals in other vehicles. In fact, they are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers in cars.

Motorcyclists may have to deal with a number of challenges that are not faced by drivers in other types of vehicles. They need more skill to be safe than drivers need because many factors that are minor issues for drivers might be major ones for motorcyclists. Potholes, uneven pavement or objects on the road, such as oil and debris, can all cause a serious accident. Motorcyclists must be mindful of high speeds that may cause motorcycles to wobble. Furthermore, motorcycles are difficult for drivers in other vehicles to see, which can be particularly dangerous during inclement weather or at intersections.

Motorcyclists might want to make sure they have adequate insurance coverage. In New Jersey, insurance coverage for motorcyclists differs from the requirements for drivers of other vehicles. Individuals who have been injured in a motorcycle accident may wish to contact an attorney. The accident may be the fault of another driver, or the motorcycle may have a design or manufacturing defect. Fault for the accident might also be shared. This is known as comparative negligence, and in such a case, the degree of fault for each responsible party may be determined.

Determining negligence is the key to a successful civil suit in a motorcycle accident. Negligence means that the responsible parties did not exercise a reasonable amount of care. For example, a driver who failed to see a motorcyclist at an intersection might be considered negligent. The driver may still be considered partly responsible even if the motorcyclist had an issue affecting visibility.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," Accessed Feb. 11, 2015

Source: DMV.org, "Motorcycle Insurance Minimum Requirements in New Jersey," Accessed Feb. 11, 2015

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