As a motorcyclist, you are uniquely vulnerable on New Jersey roads. Without the same amount of protections or visibility as car drivers, you are more likely to get into an accident. You also have a higher risk of getting injured or dying because of a collision.
It is crucial for you to be aware of motorcycle crash statistics, safety tips and helmet laws. Below is an overview of all this motorcycle safety information from the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety.
Crash facts and statistics
Did you know that you are five times more likely to get injured and 29 times more likely to die in an accident than car occupants? Also, over half of motorcycle crashes with other motor vehicles happen at intersections, while over two-thirds happen when drivers do not see the motorcycles.
You can increase your visibility to drivers by wearing bright gear and applying reflective tape to your bike. Make sure you adjust your lane positioning when necessary and never stay in blind spots. You should also leave adequate space between yourself and other vehicles. Also, wearing a DOT-approved helmet is one of the best things you can do for your safety.
Helmet laws and facts
Wearing a good helmet is not only good to reduce your risk of getting brain injuries, it is also the law in New Jersey. Helmets that are approved by the DOT do not obstruct vision. Motorcyclists without helmets are three times more likely to get fatal head injuries than those who wear helmets. Even if you ride for a short distance, do not think you are safe. Most motorcycle injuries occur under 30 miles per hour.
As a motorcyclist, you should continuously keep learning. You can always improve your skill and safety by learning new things. Review this information from the New Jersey government and do what you can to avoid motorcycle accidents.