Motorcycle accidents can be a common occurrence on New Jersey’s roads, especially during the summer months. You can’t completely prevent a motorcycle accident from occurring, but understanding the risks, including the average speed of motorcycle accidents, can help you enjoy a safe ride.
While motorcycle accidents can occur at any speed, the worst ones tend to happen at a median speed of 29.8 mph. This slower-than-average speed might surprise many people. Additionally, the average speed at impact is just 21.5 mph and it is not common for motorcyclists to be going over the speed limit.
If speed isn’t a contributing factor to motorcycle accidents, then you might be wondering what causes them most often. There are a few things that contribute to motorcycle accidents with driving under the influence being one of the most common. However, this could also include a motorcyclist who is hit by a passenger vehicle driver who is under the influence. In fact, about three-quarters of motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle.
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is driver inexperience. When you combine other factors, like driving under the influence with driver inexperience, it significantly increases the risk.
When a motorcycle is involved in a multi-vehicle motorcycle accident, it is most likely caused by a passenger vehicle not giving the motorcyclist their right of way. In the same way, that motorcycle inexperience can be dangerous, so can passenger-vehicle drivers who are not familiar with looking for motorcyclists.
The highest rate of motorcycle accidents occurs between the ages of 16-24 years. This is often due to distractions or driver inexperience. In fact, an estimated 92 percent of motorcycle drivers involved in an accident were self-taught or learned how to ride from a friend or family.
Additionally, newer riders are at a significantly increased risk of being in a motorcycle accident with an average of five months having the most motorcycle accidents.
Most motorcycle accidents are severe. In fact, as many as 98 percent of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents riders are injured in one way or another. These injuries usually require immediate medical care and may prevent the rider from returning to work. It is also likely that your motorcycle will be totaled.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, it is important that you consider your legal options as soon as possible. A motorcycle accident can be painful and costly. You may require ongoing medical care or even rehabilitation and if you’re unable to work, this can add a lot of unnecessary stress to your life.
Depending on the details of the case, a lawyer may be able to help. A lawyer can help you consider your legal options and collect any evidence that you need to build a case. If another driver was distracted or driving under the influence, then they may be responsible for your costs related to the accident.
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 a motorcycle accident in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, 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, NY.
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