There is always some risk involved with motorcycling but the first year may be the most dangerous. Understanding the factors that contribute to the increased rate of motorcycle accidents in the first year is important in protecting yourself. It’s also necessary to understand what to do if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that motorcyclists are four times more likely to be involved in an accident in the first month of riding. They also found that almost a quarter of insurance claims for motorcycle accidents occur within the first 30 days of the policy.
There are a number of factors that increase this risk, including:
The biggest factor that leads to an increase in risk in accidents is a lack of experience. It can also be helpful to know when, and how, motorcycle accidents most often occur. The state of New Jersey reports the highest rate of motorcycle accidents occurring at intersections. Another high percentage of accidents is due to a passenger vehicle not noticing the motorcyclist in their lane.
This means that in addition to experience in riding, it’s also important to take care at intersections and ensure that you can be seen by other drivers at all times.
Riding a motorcycle is not the same as driving a passenger vehicle. The state of New Jersey reports as many as 90 percent of riders involved in a crash have no formal training. Completing a motorcycle safety program can not only reduce your risk of accidents but can also lead to cheaper insurance rates.
Training can also include information on the best protective equipment. Certain protective items may not reduce your risk but can reduce the severity if you are in an accident. New Jersey requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
However, experts also recommend that motorcyclists wear other protective clothing items including eye protection, a long-sleeved jacket, long pants, sturdy footwear, and well-fitting handwear. They also recommend that motorcyclists, regardless of their training level, drive defensively, stay visible, and leave ample room to react if another vehicle cuts you off, or gets too close to you.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to know your rights. Know when to contact a lawyer to consider your legal options.
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