Hitting the Road during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – an effort developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote education regarding smart riding habits. Now that spring and bike riding season are in full swing, it’s a good time to do some safety checks on your gear and bike to prevent accidents during peak riding season as well as throughout the rest of the year.
There will be millions of Americans traveling America’s highways on motorcycles this summer, many of whom either reside in or will be passing through New Jersey. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 4,381 fatal motorcycle crashes across the United States in 2013, the latest data currently available. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month aims to reduce that statistic.
New Jersey certainly offers some of the most gorgeous places to ride in the region. So, it’s no wonder that many bike riders live here and visit. However, it only stands to reason, by laws of statistics, the volume of riders here may also mean more accidents. In fact, according to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, motorcycle riders in the state are 26 times more likely to be fatally injured than those in passenger vehicles. Additionally, if you are involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have an 83 percent chance of being seriously injured. Motorcycle crashes account for an average of 2,000 injuries and 70 fatalities in the state. Some of the most common causes include unsafe speed, alcoholic impairment and driver visibility.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the careless of another driver, it’s imperative that you call an experienced personal injury lawyer today. The attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have been helping victims of motor vehicle accidents pursue maximum damages for years. If you’ve been injured due to the carelessness of another motorist, call us today for a free consultation.