Motorcycle accidents are common in New Jersey, especially during the autumn season. Learning the most common motorcycle accident types can help you stay safe this riding season.
These are 11 of the most common types of motorcycle accidents:
Speeding is a leading cause of all accidents, including both passenger vehicles and motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists may speed to maneuver their way through traffic. The problem with speeding is that by the time you notice a dangerous situation, such as a stopped vehicle in front of you, it’s too late to stop safely.
Alcohol and drugs also cause their fair share of accidents. Driving or riding while under the influence significantly reduces your reaction time. It can lead to blurred visibility, which makes it more difficult to make safe choices. Driving while under the influence can also lead to more severe accidents.Turning Left Accidents
A large portion of motorcycle accidents occurs when one driver turns left. The motorcycle’s smaller size, paired with the left-turn driver’s speed, can lead to accidents.
Motorcyclists are also at risk of head-on collisions. This often occurs when a motorcyclist is speeding and doesn’t notice an oncoming vehicle.
Driver inexperience also leads to a lot of motorcycle accidents. Drivers who aren’t familiar with riding may spend more time focusing on the motorcycle’s controls.
Motorcyclists may also be hit when changing lanes. This most commonly occurs when a driver in another lane changes lanes without noticing the motorcyclist.
A lane-splitting accident occurs when motorcyclists share lanes. It may also occur when a motorcyclist shares a lane with a vehicle in an attempt to pass them.
You wouldn’t think that turning a corner could lead to a motorcycle accident. However, a lack of visibility or turning too tightly can lead to accidents due to road or pedestrian hazards.
Failure to yield or stop at a stop sign or red light can also lead to an accident. Motorcyclists may try to skip a stop sign at an intersection, which can lead to them being in a T-bone accident.
Bad weather also contributes to a lot of New Jersey motorcycle accidents. The weather in New Jersey can change quickly, leading to rain or snow in minutes.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of all types of accidents. While motorcyclists are less likely to use their smartphones while riding, they are at risk of driving distracted. Some motorcyclists may focus on other motorcyclists on the road. Others may focus on their bike and its many technical controls.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. It’s important to practice defensive driving and take steps to improve your safety when riding. If you’re in a motorcycle accident, it’s also important to know what to do. Always receive immediate medical care and then consider talking with a personal injury lawyer. Motorcycle accidents can be expensive, and a case can help you recover the funds you need to cover your medical bills, pay for motorcycle repairs, or cover your lost wages.
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Andrew Prince Esq. represents clients injured because of an accident in Elizabeth, Newark, Camden, Clifton, and throughout New Jersey. Call (908) 304-9187 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 136 Central Avenue, Clark, New Jersey, 07066, as well as an office in West New York, NJ.
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