Springtime Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
It’s time to rev up those engines again! It’s motorcycle season in the Garden State. As great as taking your bike for a ride sounds right now, there are some important facts you need to know about motorcycle accidents and what could cause them to happen in the first place.
What You Should Know About NJ Motorcycle Accidents
New Jersey has some of the most ideal roads for taking a cruise on your motorcycle in the spring. However, motorcyclists are the most prone to accidents when it comes to those that occur on the state’s roadways. Due to the lack of safety restraints such as seatbelts and their small size compared to automobiles and commercial trucks, motorcyclists account for a large percentage of serious injuries and fatalities that result from motor vehicle accidents.
Did you know motorcycle accidents in New Jersey are treated differently than other kinds of accidents? Motorcyclists are required to have motorcycle insurance on them while riding. Because of this heavily enforced law, there are certain policy limits required:
- A minimum of $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person involved in the accident
- $30,000 total bodily injury coverage per accident
- $5,000 coverage for property damage
Purchasing the proper motorcycle insurance policy is key to operating a motorcycle. This is because New Jersey’s no-fault regulations do not apply to motorcycle accidents.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
If you ride a motorcycle, you should be aware of the hazards that can cause an accident. Some might be amazed at what really factors into a motorcycle crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least two-thirds of motorcycle accidents were not the fault of the rider. Here are some of the most common causes of accidents involving bikers and another vehicle:
- A driver following a motorcycle too closely (or vice versa)
- Roadway defects
- Inclement weather
- Failure to give the motorcyclist right of way
- Road rage
- Aggressive driving
It is easy to determine why a motorcycle accident can translate into such a tragedy. For starters, a helmet can only do so much to protect someone. You still risk the chance of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depending on how hard you hit the ground. Aside from head injuries, you could be facing broken bones and other contusions too.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone
If you or a loved one sustained a severe injury from a motorcycle accident, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone can get you the compensation you deserve. With thirty years of experience handling accident injury claims, we can help you get your life back on track. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.