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Stay safe on the roads with these motorcycle safety tips

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on the roads. Despite this, you may still be involved in an accident due to other unsafe drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those driving motorcycles are at a 26 times higher risk than other kinds of passengers to be killed in a crash and have around a five times greater risk of injury.

Motorcyclist fatalities to vary by year, but they don't see to really be dropping in number in New Jersey. There are around 70 fatalities and 2,000 crashes involving motorcyclists each year, and while some are caused by the motorcyclists, others are likely caused by drivers who pull out in front of them, turn in front of them, put their brakes on too quickly or perform other unsafe actions on the roads.

Out of all the crashes, more than half happen when motorcyclists are in intersections. Over two-thirds of the accident take place when a vehicle's driver hasn't noticed the motorcyclist in the roadway, showing how even just a moment of inattention can put others' lives at risk.

To help protect yourself in an accident, there are a few things you can do. Remember to wear a helmet, first of all. This is required by law in New Jersey. If you can wear eye protection like a shield, goggles or glasses, this can also protect you. Remember to cover your body; leather pants, jackets and footwear that are abrasion-resistant can prevent you from suffering road burn and other injuries if you crash.

Source: The State of New Jersey, "Motorcycle Safety Resources," accessed June 12, 2015

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