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Defensive driving techniques to avoid a motorcycle collision

Motorcyclists face a much larger risk of death and injury in a traffic accident, but many of these crashes can be avoided by New Jersey motorists who practice defensive driving techniques. Along with improving safety, drivers practicing these habits can reduce frustration, prevent delays and possibly avoid costly increases in insurance premiums.

One of the tips is to avoid texting and driving behind the wheel. Many state and local jurisdictions across the nation have passed laws prohibiting the use of text messaging while driving. Two-wheeled vehicles are smaller and less visible, which makes it that much easier for a distracted driver to overlook them.

A distracted driver is also less likely to follow other safety guidelines in a timely manner. For instance, car drivers are advised to provide motorcyclists with clearance when passing. Though smaller, the driver of a motorcycle requires the extra room to maneuver around debris and potholes that a car driver might ignore altogether. Providing extra space when following is also suggested to avoid motorcycle crashes as drivers may downshift to slow down instead of using their brakes.

Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to result in catastrophic injuries for drivers and their passengers. A motorcycle accident victim is often left with a lifetime of pain and suffering, medical expenses, and long-term care needs that exceed standard liability insurance payouts. When it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, such as one who was distracted by a cellphone, a personal injury attorney could assist in seeking compensation for those and other losses through a lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver.

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