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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motorcycles have steadily grown in popularity as a mode of transportation in the U.S., and the ridership has become more affluent and older and the bikes have become more expensive. But with this influx of new riders has come a disturbing trend, that of more motorcycle accidents.