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How teens can stay safe on motorcycles

Whether a motorcyclist is riding in New Jersey or elsewhere in the U.S., the risks remain the same. Motorcycle riders are more likely to face traumatic brain injuries and fatalities than car drivers. The risks are even higher for teens. Teenage motorcyclists file 5.7 more accident claims than motorcyclists between the ages of 35 and 50.

Motorcyclists need to drive defensively

New Jersey bikers know that while riding a motorcycle can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Motorcyclists are likely to suffer more serious injuries in an accident than they would if they were riding in an automobile. Both driving defensively and wearing safety gear can help to prevent accidents.

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.

Research shows an increase in motorcycle fatalities

The roads in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. may be getting more dangerous for motorcyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the overall injuries resulting from accidents involving motorcyclists are down, there has been an increase in fatalities.

The truth about motorcycle operation in New Jersey

It may seem as if riders wear leather and ride big bikes to be cool. However, leather is worn for insulation protection and big bikes are only suitable for experienced drivers. Inexperienced riders who attempt to ride a bike that weighs 700 pounds or more may find that they cannot maneuver through tight turns or even stay upright. There are also several myths related to operating a motorcycle that could compromise rider safety.

Avoiding common motorcycle accidents

Although motorcycles can be exciting and energy efficient, they can also be quite vulnerable to accidents on New Jersey roads. Because a rider is not protected by the interior of a vehicle as other motorists are, an accident can result in serious injuries or death. This makes it particularly important for motorcycle operators to be well-trained in the use of their bikes. However, other motorists are equally responsible for exercising diligence on the roads to minimize their risks of colliding with a motorcycle.

U.S., New Jersey statistics for motorcycle accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2012 while another 4,986 died. These figures include both motorcycle drivers and their passengers. In New Jersey, 77 motorcyclists died.

NHTSA moving forward on VTV technology

New Jersey motorcyclists may be interested to learn of a new technology that may soon be available on new light passenger vehicles. The technology, called vehicle-to-vehicle communication, allows vehicles to communicate safety information with one another, providing warnings to drivers of the presence of other vehicles and traffic patterns to alert drivers.

Staying safe on a motorcycle

New Jersey is home to many motorcycle riders who take pride in the freedom that riding can bring. This enhanced freedom comes along with some enhanced risk on the road. Motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than drivers of other types of vehicles. A few valuable safety tips can keep riders safe and protected on the road.

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