Why Do Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries Happen?

The following are some of the common circumstances and reasons that motorcycle accidents happen in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, as well as throughout the State of New Jersey.

  • 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.

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