With an increase in the temperature also came an increase in motorcycle crashes this past Summer in New Jersey. The nicer weather almost always results in the number of motorcycles present on the roadways at any time, which also leads to a spike in motorcycle crashes. In May alone in New Jersey, seven motorcyclists crashed and lost their lives. In 2014, there were over 500 crashes alone in a single year, which makes us ask the question: Why the increase in accidents? Data tells us that they occur for a variety of reasons, but are mostly due to unsafe speeds and driver inattention.
In May, a motorcyclist was killed when he was struck by a drunken driver and another was killed when his bike collided with a bus in Marlboro. In another incident in April, a motorcyclist crashes into a parked car and died in New Jersey. Some of the other reasons why these accidents occur is because of heavier traffic patterns taking place in the Summer months, failure of other drivers noticing riders, and the unsafe speeds at which motorcyclists sometimes travel.
Cathleen Lewis of AAA’s public affairs and government relations, explained, “Motorcyclists do often get lost in blindspots so they need to take extra precautions to make sure they’re being as safe as possible. We need to do a better job as drivers to make sure we’re sharing the road.” She has also mentioned that potholes can be quite deadly to motorcyclists as well as the fact that many motorcyclists go unseen, which can quickly turn into a fatal accident.
Preventing These Serious Accidents
The best way to prevent any motorcycle accident is to pay serious attention to the roadways and other drivers, as well as remembering safety tips. Here are some of the most important things that you should remember on the road:
Helmets: Wearing a motorcycle helmet can actually reduce a motorcyclist’s incidence of receiving a head injury when they are involved in an accident. In fact, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in a crash while not wearing a helmet, 37 might have actually survived if they had been wearing one. You should always make sure that your helmet meets the standards of the Department of Transportation and ride legally.
Motorcycle Licenses: In almost every state, you are required to receive proper training and a motorcycle license before you drive on the roadways. This, most of the time, entails a knowledge and skills test. In 2001, more than one quarter of all motorcycle deaths happened because a motorcyclist had not obtained a license, which is why it is vastly important that you receive your license.
Protective Clothing: To protect yourself, you should always wear goggles or sunglasses, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants, and boots. Loose clothing may impair your vision so stay away from it at any cost.
Bike Maintenance: You should always make sure that your motorcycle is in excellent running condition because it is vital to your safety. Check your engine, brakes, tires, headlamps, turn signals, and other gear as often as possible.
Road Hazards: Debris or slick conditions can be especially dangerous to you when riding on the roadways. This is why you should learn about the specific road dangers and watch for them every opportunity you get. By keeping these tips in mind, you can protect yourself in the event of a hazard and possibly save your own life.