Riding on a motorcycle holds greater risk for rider and passenger than driving in a car. Not only is it more difficult to control a vehicle with two wheels than a four-wheeled vehicle at relatively high speeds, but motorcycles also offer very little protection in the event of an accident. The lack of protection often leads to severe injuries, such as broken bones or even head injuries. This means that motorcycle accidents often have disastrous consequences.
New Jersey motorcyclists and their passengers should consider the risk involved and ensure their safety as far as possible. Safety equipment such as helmets and safety features such as an anti-lock braking system can save lives. At the same time, it is important that motorcyclists know their bikes and how powerful they are.
A motorcycle helmet is probably the one piece of safety equipment that saves the most lives. It is estimated that the use of helmets decreases the risk of fatal injuries in accidents by 37 percent. Helmets also protect against severe brain injuries. Despite all the possible safety precautions a motorcycle rider can take, there is no guarantee that he or she will not be seriously injured in an accident.
In 2012, 4,667 motorcyclists and/or their passengers died in motorcycle accidents across the United States. If negligence proves to be the root cause of an accident, victims of a New Jersey motorcycle accident who have suffered broken bones or brain injuries may choose to file personal injury claims. Damages awarded in a personal injury claim may provide the financial aid needed by the victim to recover from the injuries suffered.
Source: iihs.org, “Motorcycles“, Dec. 16, 2014
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