A sure sign of warmer weather in New Jersey is the proliferation of motorcycles on highways and rural roads throughout the state. However, like all motor vehicles, motorcycles must be operated carefully to avoid getting into or being the cause of accidents. Below are tips to keeping motorcycle lovers and their passengers safe, whether traveling for personal or business purposes.
Per national statistics, 36 percent of all riders are aged 50 and older. Many are re-entry motorcyclists who rode when they were younger and are moving back to a biking lifestyle. Because motorcycles have changed with the decades, it is a good idea for any re-entry riders to take refresher motorcycling courses. Even those who are not re-entry riders may benefit from a refresher course.
Not everyone is confident cruising down the street on a massive motorcycle. High-performance motorcycles may be popular, but fatality rates among users with these models are four times the national average for a regular motorcycle. Every motorcyclist should test drive a motorcycle for proper fit and easy handling before buying or using one. Good starter or commuter motorcycles are typically smaller with a lower-powered engine than a larger one. Checking out reviews online is also a smart way to avoid buying the wrong motorcycle.
Helmets lessen the chance of driver injuries by 37 percent and motorcycle passenger injuries by 41 percent. However, plenty of riders and passengers say they do not like the way helmets look or feel. The safest helmets will have a visible U.S. Department of Transportation symbol on the back. In addition to wearing helmets, motorcyclists and passengers should ride with appropriate protective gear. A motorcycle is no place to wear flip-flops or shorts.
Before every excursion, even a routine eight-mile commute to work, the motorcycle should be checked thoroughly. From brake lights and turning signals, to the amount of gas in the tank and tire inflation, nothing should be left to chance. That way, the motorcycle is less apt to break down.
Those with auto insurance may think they can skimp on motorcycle insurance. Yes, motorcycles tend to be seasonal vehicles, but they must be insured. Operating one without insurance is illegal in New Jersey.
No matter how prepared a motorcyclist may be, they can still get into a collision. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the Eatontown motorcycle accident lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. to discuss a potential personal injury case. Call us today at 732-493-9400 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Eatontown, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Asbury Park, Neptune, Long Branch, Keansburg, Ocean Township, Eatontown, Red Bank, Middletown, Colts Neck, Deal, Freehold, Holmdel, Jackson, Little Silver, Marlboro, and Rumson.