One of the scarier things about a collision involving a motorcyclist is the fact the rider of the bike has nothing keeping him from contacting pavement, the other vehicle, or any other objects in the area.
The rider himself could go flying, injuring others involved in the incident. The bike and parts of the bike can also go flying, becoming another hazard to those involved in the collision. In other words, the rider of the motorcycle might not be the only one injured in a collision.
Such was the case recently in Burlington when an SUV and a motorcyclist collided. The incident took place around 8:45 p.m. at an intersection between two roads, leaving two injured.
The driver of SUV had to be cut out of the vehicle by rescue crews. The two injured were reported to be in serious condition at the time.
The unfortunate accident resulted in the shutting down of a section of one of the roads while police investigated and crews worked to clear the wreckage from the two vehicles.
Again, collisions involving motorcycles can be just as damaging to the rider as it is to the motorist. That is why it is important for both motorists and motorcyclists to take great care when sharing the road.
For the motorcyclist, always use your lights. Keep your headlight and taillight in working order and always utilize turn signals when turning. It should go without saying but do not speed and keep an acceptable distance between yourself and another vehicle on the road.
Also, it is essential to wear the proper safety gear when riding and always wear a DOT approved helmet.
For motorists on the road, sharing it with motorcyclists can make any ride in the car a simple one. Always utilize your mirrors and double check your blind spots. Motorcycles, being so small, tend to get lost in blind spots and before you know it they are next to you.
When following a motorcycle be sure to keep extra following distance. A motorcycle is capable of stopping much quicker and in a shorter distance than a car or truck. You should also use your directional signals, especially at intersections. This helps motorcyclists know your intentions when on the road.
When changing lanes, be sure to turn your blinker on, then check and double check your mirrors before changing lanes. Turning on your blinker at the same time as you switch lanes is not a safe practice for anyone on the road.
Unfortunately, sharing the road is not always the easiest thing to do and accidents like the one mentioned earlier can still happen. If that is the case, and you have been involved in a motorcycle accident then you need the legal help of Andrew Prince, an experienced New Jersey motorcycle attorney.
He will help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact attorney Andrew Prince at 1-800-832-6529 for a consultation today.
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