Monmouth County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Hitting the open road on a motorcycle is a time-honored tradition for many, revered as much for its convenience, as for the freedom it affords riders.  Sadly, that freedom often comes at a price.  Motorcyclists are vulnerable without the safety mechanisms of a car to protect them, such as seatbelts and airbags.  For that reason, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III), a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a traffic accident and five times more likely to be injured than the occupants of a car.

Fortunately motorcycle accidents appear to be on the decline.  Fatalities dropped 6.4% in 2013 to 4,668, while injuries to motorcyclists were reduced 5.4%, to 88,000.  Monmouth County motorcycle accident lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. feel that trend will hold so long as other motorists continue to use caution.  Drivers of cars should respect motorcyclists as they would any other vehicle on the road, and follow several simple steps for safe and peaceful coexistence with motorcycles:

  • Although cars have self-canceling turn signals, many motorcycles do not. When a car approaches an intersection with the intention to turn left, drivers should not assume that an approaching motorcycle will be making a right-hand turn – even if their turn signal is blinking.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly half of all fatal motorcycle accidents in 2013 involved exactly such a scenario. Before turning left, whenever possible, drivers of cars should try to make eye contact with a motorcyclist to discern whether the motorcycle will be turning right or going straight.
  • Tailgating is never a good idea, and following a motorcycle too closely is no exception. Cars should try to stay at least four seconds behind a motorcycle driver. This way, motorcyclists will not feel crowded by surrounding car traffic and car drivers have adequate time to react in the event of a crash.
  • A blind spot is self-explanatory and nearly every car has one. But because a motorcycle is smaller than a car, they can make their way into your blind spot quickly. Drivers should take care to routinely check their blind spot, and double check before switching lanes.
  • Despite advances in traction technology, motorcycles have difficulty on slick roadways and will require additional braking distance. Maintain an even wider berth when driving near motorcycles in the rain or snow and remember that a motorcyclists’ visibility will most likely be worsened in bad weather.

Negligent Drivers Comprise Motorcycle Safety

Despite these common sense suggestions some car drivers will disregard the safety of motorcyclists and put innocent lives at risk.  Motorcycles are lawful vehicles with the same rights to the road as an automobile, yet many perceive motorcyclists to be thrill-seekers who court tragedy.  At Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. we know that nothing could be farther from the truth.  To the contrary, the majority of motorcyclists are courteous and careful riders because they are cognizant of the inherent risks – including road rash, head injuries and broken bones – of traveling at high speeds with so little to protect them if something goes wrong.

Monmouth County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Represent Injured Motorcyclists

Do not assume responsibility for an accident that you did not cause, simply because you were riding on a motorcycle.  If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Monmouth County motorcycle lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C.  With over 80 years of combined experience pursuing Monmouth County personal injury claims, Gary Fox and Dennis Melofchik will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.  Call (732) 493-9400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Ocean Township, New Jersey. We proudly serve clients throughout Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Ocean County, Mercer County and the towns of Long Branch, Neptune, Asbury Park, Middletown, Ocean Township, Freehold, Wall, Belmar, Sea Girt and Neptune, New Jersey.

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