Motorcycle registration has increased over the years and with that, so has motorcycle fatalities. On average, there are about 2,500 motorcycle accidents each year on New Jersey roadways, according to the Federal Highway Authority. The Garden States sees about 2,000 motorcycle injuries and more than 70 fatalities each year.
If you are involved in a New Jerseymotorcycle accident, statistics show you have a 75% chance of being injured. There are big risks involved when driving a motorcycle and it is important to take extra precautions on the road and wear the necessary protective gear.
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Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics
- More than two-thirds of accidents not involving other vehicles occur from excessive speed.
- Forty percent of single motorcycle accidents occur during turns and corners.
- Over 50% of accidents between another a motorcycle and another driver occur at intersections.
- Riders without helmets are 3 times more likely to die than a rider wearing a DOT approved helmet.
- Ninety percent of riders involved in accidents do not have any formal training.
All motorcycle drivers should obey the law and wear the following protective gear:
- A DOT approved helmet
- Eye protection
- A protective long sleeved jacket
- Abrasion resistant pants
- Boots that come up over the ankle
Even while following the law and wearing safety protection, motorcycle accidents can occur and are extremely dangerous. To enhance your knowledge about motorcycles or to find a refresher course in New Jersey, visit:http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/motorcycle_safety.htm.
Every rider's best defense against a motorcycle injury is to obey the law and wear the proper protective gear!