Deadly Spike in NJ Motorcycle Accidents
June 1, 2018
New Jersey is home to many popular motorcycle routes that riders can leisurely enjoy. From scenic views along a winding river to trips through historic towns, there is always something out there to be explored.
As a rider, you know hopping on the motorcycle on a warm day for a ride only brings feelings of happiness, excitement and exhilaration. But you should also know that as wonderful as it feels to be saddled up on your motorcycle, it is equally as dangerous out on the road.
This is especially true, here, in New Jersey where there has been a deadly spike in motorcycle accidents.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association [GHSA] report, New Jersey saw an increase in motorcycle deaths by 15 percent despite the decrease in national motorcycle fatalities. New Jersey is one of 18 states to see an increase in fatalities last year. The GHSA found that 80 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2017 — an increase of 11 deaths from the 69 that happened in 2016.
Distracted Driving Leads to Fatal Motorcycle Collisions
There are a number of contributing factors that lead to motorcycle deaths each year. One of the leading causes is distracted driving, which played a role in 18 motorcycle crashes in 2016.
When motorists drive distracted, it increases their likelihood of missing a motorcycle while on the road. And while a quick glance at your phone or to change the radio station may seem harmless, it could lead to a fatal collision.
Motorcycles are hard enough to see on the road when you are paying attention since they are small and fit nicely in your blind spots. This always creates a dangerous situation on the road and can result in injury or death for the motorcyclist.
Without the protection offered by a motor vehicle, motorcyclists end up injured in a majority of their accidents if they are lucky enough to avoid death. These injuries can be catastrophic in nature and make a life-lasting impact. Common catastrophic injuries include broken limbs, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, road rash, facial disfigurement, and burns.
Contact NJ Personal Injury Lawyers Following Motorcycle Accident
The aforementioned injuries can put you out of work for weeks, months or even years. In addition to losing those wages, you will have to cover medical and hospital expenses as well. In the event you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you will have to deal with the costs associated with an unplanned death. Bottom line is that if you or a loved one has died or been injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you need the help of Hoyt & Hoyt, PC.
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