When the weather starts to warm up, it’s natural for people to begin venturing outside in increasing numbers to take advantage of the sunshine. As a result, the roads get busier. This is why May is the perfect month to recognize motorcycle safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,976 motorcyclist fatalities in 2015, which is up 8% from the previous year. Without the framework of a car around them to absorb any impact from a crash, riders are left completely exposed, putting them at high risk for serious injuries or death.
As a recap of May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and a reminder to drivers and motorcyclists to exercise extreme caution year-round, the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., provide the following tips for sharing the road safely. Read the rest »
Many motorcycle owners were dismayed by the recent news of the recall of nearly 24,000 Indian Motorcycles for what is being described as fuel leak problems that could lead to fires. The defect has been attributed to a faulty fuel rail manufactured by Polaris Industries, which has been plagued by recall issues over the past two years.
Polaris has recalled more than 252,000 vehicles of various types since 2015 for defects that have been responsible for 160 fires and at least one death. The recalls and repairs, not to mention the accidents, have angered, inconvenienced, and, in the worst cases, injured or killed Polaris customers.
In the state of New Jersey, motorcycles are frequently used as the mode of transportation. Motorcycles make up roughly 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Riders love the freedom, speed, and maneuverability of being on a motorcycle. Because they’re so nimble, and have a narrower profile than a car, motorcycles can navigate areas of the road that don’t accommodate full size cars. Motorcyclists often use this to their advantage when traffic is especially bad. Riders can split the lanes of traffic, maneuvering between the cars stuck in the traffic jam. Read the rest »
It’s that time again. Summer is here, the sun is out, and lots of people are opening the garage door and taking the cover off of their old friend: the motorcycle. The season’s first ride is often a memorable one, but it’s important to brush up on some of the fundamental safety aspects that may have lapsed during the colder months.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before you “get your motor running and head out on the highway”:
Motorcycles are often viewed as a source of freedom and enjoyment by many riders, but unfortunately, motorcyclists are far more likely to be killed in an accident than drivers of other vehicles. A significant number of accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who fail to notice the motorcyclists they are sharing the road with. These incidents can cause motorcyclists to sustain serious and sometimes deadly injuries that interfere with everyday functioning. Read more about some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists in New Jersey. Read the rest »
Summer is here, and for many people, hitting the open road on a motorcycle is the best way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Garden State. Riding a bike in the open air is about freedom, individuality, and a lifestyle that typifies the American spirit. But there is an inherent risk when riding a motorcycle, and as an increasing number of individuals ride motorcycles for recreation, there is an increasing number of Americans getting injured – sometimes fatally.
In a car-vs.-motorcycle type of accident, the motorcycle almost always loses. Motorcyclist fatalities had been declining since the early 1980s but beginning in 1998, there began to be an increase that continued through 2008. While not all motorcycle accidents result in death, many motorcyclists involved in collisions suffer life-altering injuries that include a variety of bone fractures. Read the rest »
If you are struck by a drunk driver, especially as a motorcyclist, there are a few things to immediately consider that will ensure your rights are protected. As long as you are conscious and not in need of immediate medical care, you should contact the police and ensure that they come to the scene. Law enforcement officers can witness and document the behavior of the driver who is impaired and prepare a police report that helps you demonstrate that the driver was drunk.
It is important that you do not sign anything, other than a police report if necessary. This includes documents provided by your insurance as well as the insurance company of the other driver. Contact a lawyer who specializes in vehicle cases, particularly motorcycle law, and have your lawyer present before you discuss any kind of settlement or other action with your insurance or the other driver’s insurance company. Settling your claim can waive your rights to future compensation, so make sure you contact a lawyer and have legal representation before talking to insurance companies. Read the rest »
Motorcycles offer a thrilling way to transport yourself through the New Jersey landscape, but the reality of being on the back of one is that you simply aren’t as protected as you would be in a vehicle. This is why it’s so difficult to come away from a motorcycle accident completely unscathed. Though motorcyclists tend to be more prone to suffering severe trauma and even death than a motorist is, there is actually a wide range of injuries that riders might endure when they’re involved in a collision.
Though it’s not always possible to avoid an accident because of the negligent actions of other drivers, wearing protective clothing and practicing defensive driving at all times can help to decrease the seriousness of the situation. As a motorcyclist, knowing what some of the most common injuries are can help you be better prepared to take precautions while out on the road. Here are the most common injuries reported in New Jersey motorcycle accidents: Read the rest »
As a motorcyclist, it’s always the best policy to take extra precautions while out on the road and implement everything you know about defensive driving. Although, this doesn’t mean that all of the motorists around you are going to do the same, and unfortunately, that’s why collisions between motorcycles and vehicles are a much more common occurrence than they should be. New Jersey drivers are frequently guilty of recklessly operating their cars, driving while impaired or distracted, neglecting to give motorcycles the space they need, or failing to see them altogether. It’s in these instances that an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, leaving the motorcyclist with serious injuries.
When a motorcyclist is injured in a situation like this through no fault of their own, they would typically be entitled to a fair amount of compensation to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, many times drivers are afraid to face the repercussions of their negligent actions and end up leaving the scene. Whatever their reason may be for fleeing, a hit and run is never tolerated by the law, and it becomes essential to find the responsible party. In a case that involves a hit and run driver, there are a few important steps a motorcyclist should try to take after being struck to protect themselves and recover damages. Read the rest »
With nothing but a jacket (and hopefully a helmet) between them and the road, it’s easy to see why motorcyclists face more risk than any other type of vehicle on the road. In fact, if a motorcyclist gets into an accident, they are 26 times more likely to die as a result than those riding in passenger vehicles. Of course, wearing a helmet can greatly increase the chances of a motorcyclist making it through an accident alive, but just what are the motorcycle helmet laws in New Jersey? Does everyone have to wear a helmet? Does it matter what kind of helmet it is? And in New Jersey, what exactly is considered a motorcycle?
In New Jersey, ALL motorcyclists must wear a helmet. That helmet must be a DOT-approved helmet, which is a type of helmet that’s given DOT certification after certain standards are met and the helmet is put through vigorous testing. While it’s the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) that enforces this law, it’s the manufacturers of the helmets themselves that are responsible for ensuring that all helmets marked with the DOT stamp of approval do in fact meet regulations. Because of this, if any defect is found or the helmet doesn’t protect properly as it should, the manufacturer of the helmet could be found at fault. Read the rest »
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