Motorcyclists have just as much right to enjoy the roads in New Jersey as any other driver. They are usually very safe drivers because they understand the risks they face since they don’t have the structural protection around them like occupants of other vehicles have. They are five times as likely to suffer an injury and 26 times more likely to die in a crash than people in other vehicles.
One of the risks that motorcyclists face is other drivers on the roads. Not everyone gives motorcyclists the respect they should. Some motorists impede on the motorcyclists’ right of way, which can be deadly. In fact, that’s the cause of around two-thirds of crashes that involve a motorcycle and another vehicle.
How do other drivers cause motorcycle crashes?
Other drivers might not take the time to check for motorcycles on the roadways. Because the motorcycle has a small profile, drivers might miss them if there are hazards in their line of sight. This is common near intersections. It’s one reason why drivers are told to double-check the road before they pull off.
All drivers should also watch for motorcycles when they’re switching lanes and driving in heavy traffic. The motorcycles might be hidden behind other larger vehicles. While motorcycles are small, they aren’t always able to slip away from a crash.
Motorcyclists who are struck by another vehicle are at risk of being thrown off the motorcycle. Without a protective frame around them, they may face serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a wreck that another driver caused, find out more about your right to compensation for your losses.