Motorcycle Accidents: Staying Safe and Some Eye-Opening Statistics
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but also comes with a high-degree of risk of injury, and tragically even death. In fact, over the last ten years, New Jersey has averaged 74 motorcycle fatalities every year, and as our roads and highways become busier and more congested, that number is sure to rise.
However, while many motorcycle injuries and fatalities are the result of reckless or negligent actions of other drivers (for which injured motorcyclists may be able to recover compensation through a third-party motorcycle accident injury claim), many others are the result of certain decisions and actions taken by the motorcyclist themselves.
Here are a few potentially eye-opening statistics when it comes to New Jersey motorcycle accidents, and what you may be able to do as a motorcycle rider in order to prevent dangerous and harmful motorcycle accidents.
Wayne, NJ Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss “Intoxicated Drivers and Cyclists”
Statistics show that in almost 25% of all NJ motorcycle accident fatalities, the person riding the motorcycle had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of .08%!
While there is almost no way to mitigate the risk that other drivers are driving drunk and can easily cause injury or wrongful death, making the decision to not ride your motorcycle after consuming alcohol will go a long, long way towards ensuring your own motorcycle accident safety.
Clifton, NJ Motorcycle Injury Lawyers and “Rider Fatigue”
Another extremely common cause of motorcycle accident injuries in Passaic County is that of rider fatigue. Cyclists who chose to ride early in the morning or late at night are often combating sleepiness or groginess, greatly diminishing their reaction time to dangers such as potholes, obstacles in the road, and even the unsafe actions of other drivers.
If you are not feeling at your most alert, it is probably not a great idea to go speeding down I-80, or even ride your motorcycle at all.
Little Falls, NJ Motorcycle Accident and Injury Attorneys and “Speeding”
Again, if another person was speeding or driving recklessly, injured cyclists may have the ability to recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim. However, if the cyclist themselves were the ones speeding or driving recklessly, they are frequently left without options when it comes to injury compensation, and are left facing the consequences of their actions themselves.
Not only can higher speeds result in serious injury, speeding also makes it harder to react to dangers especially when visibility is limited by sun glare, sun glasses worn to mitigate this glare, or night-time riding.
Bottom line: obeying the speed limit, and observing the laws and flow of traffic goes a long way towards mitigating the risk of motorcycle accident injuries and even death.
Contact Our Passaic County Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys Today
Whether you have been injured as a motorcyclist by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, or have been injured by a motorcyclist speeding or failing to obey traffic laws, it is important that you retain the counsel of an experienced attorney in order to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
At The Law Office of Fredson & Statmore, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients injured in motor vehicle accident of all kinds in towns across New Jersey and Passaic County, including Wayne, Clifton, Little Falls, Paterson, West Milford, and Woodland Park. With millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts already secured for our past clients, we are ready to put this same track record of success and legal service to work for you today in any kind of personal injury or wrongful death claim, and help you and your family recover the compensation you need and deserve.
To speak with our attorney team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your motorcycle accident injuries, or any other kind of injuries resulting from the reckless or negligent actions of another party, and how specifically we can help you, please contact us online, or through our Clifton, NJ office at (973) 777-8600.