The number of motorcyclists killed in accidents shot up for the 10th straight year in the country and that trend was reflected in New Jersey as well, according to this news report. Nationwide, motorcyclists accounted for nearly 10 percent of all auto accident fatalities.
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety officials told the paper that this upward trend in motorcycle accident deaths is evident in the Garden State as well. In New Jersey, between Jan. 1 and Sept. 20, 2007, 67 motorcycle riders were killed. During the same period this year, there were 69 motorcycle accident fatalities in New Jersey – accounting for 17 percent of all auto accident deaths in the state so far. Motorcycle ownership and ridership has also significantly increased over the last decade in New Jersey.
Some New Jersey motorcycle accidents, serious injuries and deaths can be prevented by using common sense. Do not drink and drive. Use protective gear especially a federally approved motorcycle helmet. Head injuries are often fatal in most motorcycle accidents. Proper training also helps prevent these crashes.
However, there are many times when motorcycle accidents occur because of someone else’s fault or negligence. Motorcycle riders end up paying a heavy price for an accident caused by another distracted, negligent or drunk driver. In such accidents, motorcycle riders often suffer catastrophic injuries. If you have been severely in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, please call an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation.