Safety First When Riding a Motorcycle
Practicing safety tips and guidelines while riding a motorcycle should help you avoid getting into an accident. It’s estimated that around 90 percent of motorcycle riders who were involved in an accident in New Jersey in 2015 did not have proper safety training. If you don’t practice safe driving techniques, you likely have a higher risk of being involved in an accident. When you have a clear understanding of how to ride your motorcycle safely, you may be able to heighten your chances of avoiding an accident.
Safety Tips When Riding a Motorcycle
Riding a motorcycle is very different from driving a car. The rules and safety tips that work when driving a car don’t necessarily translate to riding a motorcycle, which is why you should brush up on some safety guidelines before taking to the road. The most important safety tip that you should follow is to wear a helmet when riding. Motorcycle accidents commonly result in severe head injuries when the rider isn’t wearing a helmet. Along with the helmet, you should also consider wearing protective eyewear and protective clothing, the latter of which could minimize injuries from skidding on the road.
Make sure to follow all of the local traffic laws in New Jersey. Stick to the speed limit and pay attention to all of the other rules of the road. You’re also going to want to drive defensively. Even if you’re going the speed limit and always stopping when you’re supposed to, other drivers won’t always do the same. Keep your headlights on while riding and try to stay out of the other drivers’ blind spots. Never try to ride while under the influence. Doing so can cause harm to yourself and others while also getting you into a substantial amount of legal trouble.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can happen for any number of reasons, the most common of which is due to changing lanes without properly checking blind spots. Speeding and driving under the influence also lead to a large number of motorcycle accidents. Another issue that you may not be fully aware of is the danger of car doors, which is particularly troublesome on city streets. Look out for drivers or passengers opening their car doors when parked on the side of the street. These vehicles won’t always be empty and can easily cause an accident if you’re not careful. A few other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Following too close to a vehicle that stops suddenly
- Defects of motorcycle parts
- Inexperience in riding a motorcycle
- Lane-splitting issues
- Attempting to ride a motorcycle in unsafe road conditions caused by inclement weather
How Our Accident Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
Getting into a motorcycle accident is never a fun experience, which is why you may want to speak with our accident lawyer here at RAM Law after the accident occurs. Whether you are currently filing a claim with another driver’s insurance company or are considering filing a lawsuit in court against a driver or company, our attorney will be able to guide you through the process and help you navigate any obstacles along the way. Our lawyers have a substantial amount of experience in motorcycle accident law and will be able to help you understand every facet of your case.
When you’re considering making use of our services, think about setting up a free case review. When you submit the information pertaining to your accident, we’ll be able to assist you in determining if you have a case and what rights you have in this matter. We understand how the courts work in New Jersey and can provide you with extensive advice on what to expect when taking your case to the courts. Our team includes some of New Jersey’s leading personal injury attorneys, and we can help with personal injury cases that pertain to motorcycle accidents, car accidents, dog bites, and other types of injury.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and you believe that the other driver was at fault, contact our accident lawyer today. The number for our office in New Brunswick is (732) 247-3600, and the number for our office in Somerville is (908) 448-2560.