Choosing a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Our Monmouth County motorcycle accident attorneys understand that riding across New Jersey and throughout the United States on a motorcycle is a common motor sport enjoyed by New Jersey residents. Riding on the “open road” provides a liberating outdoor experience that can also be very dangerous due to many factors, including the number of other larger vehicles on the road.
Our Ocean County motorcycle accident attorneys understand that the motorcyclist is vulnerable to the larger cars and trucks with which they share the roads. There are also those who ride “off road” on the many trails and off-road riding sites in New Jersey. These motorcycles are often referred to as dirt bikes; although, not subject to the usual dangers of traffic, this type of riding has its own inherent dangers, as well.
Motorcycle accidents happen all too frequently and, often, unfortunately, result in catastrophic injury or death. Motorcycles also have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with automobiles. Per vehicle mile traveled, a motorcyclist’s risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than that of a passenger car.This data shows an obvious higher rate of death among motorcycle riders than passengers on other types of vehicles. All too often, these deaths are not caused by poor motorcycle riding practices, but, rather, they are caused by the negligence of those driving other vehicles on the roads.
- The failure of other motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic and the drivers of the other vehicles violation of the motorcyclist’s right-of-way are the predominating causes of motorcycle accidents. In fact, 75% of motorcycle accidents involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle.
- Statistically speaking, 25% of accidents were single motorcycle accidents. This is attributed to rider error, with the typical errors being either a slide-out or fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
- More than 50% of fatal accidents involve alcohol consumption.
- The failure to wear appropriate gear, specifically, helmets and durable garments.
- Vehicle failure or manufacturing defects, such as a faulty tire, account for a minority of accidents.
- The presence of road defects and debris such as pot holes, sharp objects, road bumps, etc.