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:
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.
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 Eatontown, 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.