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What make motorcycle accidents so dangerous for riders?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Now that the summer has arrived, people in New Jersey will be out riding their motorcycles. There are many reasons that riding motorcycles can be so enjoyable for the riders. The freedom may be at the top of the list, but they can also be more practical vehicle options and less costly as well. The reasons why motorcycles are so fun to ride though are the same reasons that riding motorcycles can be dangerous as well.

Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles and have very little protection between themselves and the road. When they are in motorcycle accidents they can suffer severe injuries as a result. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in accidents and 26 times more likely to die in an accident than people driving in other vehicles on the road.

Factors that cause motorcycle accidents

There are many reasons for motorcycle accidents. Some of the accidents are caused by defects with the motorcycles. Some are caused due to debris in the road, slick spots, potholes and other factors due to the road surface itself. Some are caused due to rider error or because they were unfamiliar with the road. Riders may also experience a front end wobbled at high speeds and lose control.

Many accidents involve other vehicles though and two-thirds of such accidents are caused by the other driver. This is usually because the driver of the other vehicle does not see the motorcycle, particularly at intersections where 70% of such accidents occur.

There are many motorcycle accidents in New Jersey each year. As stated above, many of these accidents are caused by other drivers on the road. If the driver of another vehicle caused the accident, the rider may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer including compensation for their medical bills, lost income and other damages as well. Experienced attorneys understand how valuable this compensation can be and may be able to help make one whole again after an accident.