As the beautiful weather continues to bring people outside, remember to be on the lookout for motorcyclists on the roadways.
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in New York and New Jersey, and the state transportation agencies are trying to educate the public about safety. These accidents can occur for a number of reasons including negligent drivers who may be distracted, speeding, following too closely or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You should avoid all of these things, as they could contribute to a motorcyclist’s wrongful death or catastrophic injuries.
According to NorthJersey.com, there were three fatal motorcycle accidents in the span of a few days from July 19 to 21 in the Bergen County area. The website reported that the body of one man, 53, who lived in Newfoundland, was found along the side of Union Valley Road on July 21 after police responded to the report of an accident. The accident remains under investigation and no further details have been released.
Additionally, two residents involved in separate motorcycle accidents died on July 19. According to reports, one man was killed in a crash on Route 17 between A&S Drive and Midland Avenue, when he was thrown from his motorcycle after he stopped to avoid four-car crash. Police are continuing to investigate the crash to determine why he was ejected from the motorcycle, although several people have been charged with careless driving relating to the crash.
In the other crash, a man was killed when his Yamaha motorcycle struck a tractor-trailer on Route 80s westbound lanes, according to NorthJersey.com.
What Should I Do If a Driver Hits Me on my Motorcycle?
People on motorcycles are 37 percent more likely to die in accidents than drivers and passengers of cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This occurs because motorcycles offer less protection than other vehicles on the road.
Our NJ motorcycle accident attorneys represent people who have suffered serious and disabling injuries, as well as the family members of fatal motorcycle accidents. Contact us today so that we may review your case and seek out damages.
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Bergen County Injury Lawyers
KGG’s Corner: In New Jersey, an estimated 21 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve excessive speeds.