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Stay safe while you ride your motorcycle in New Jersey

Motorcyclists have every right to be on the roads, but unfortunately, dangerous and neglectful drivers cause numerous accidents each year. According to the State of New Jersey's Department of Law & Public Safety, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, and that means it's becoming more dangerous to ride the vehicle you love.

In 2012, there were 76 motorcycle crashes involving 81 motorcycles in New Jersey. Out of the crashes, there were 78 fatalities, one of whom was a pedestrian struck in the crashes. In 2011, there had been 97 fatalities, so for that one year, the number of fatalities had finally dropped. What's interesting is that in if you're in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, you have a 75 percent chance of being injured and having head injuries, road rash, broken bones or other related issues.

Each year, there are about 2,000 injuries from motorcycle crashes in New Jersey. Over half of accidents take place at intersections, where a motorcyclist may not be seen well. Over two-thirds of the total crashes are caused by another vehicle's driver who simply didn't see the motorcyclist on the roads.

The state has put out safety tips, like driving defensively as if no other motorists can see you. You need to do everything you can to be visible and to stay out of vehicles' blind spots. You should always wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of an accident, since most accidents happen at low speeds and injuries can be prevented with the use of the helmet.

If your crash is caused by a negligent driver, you do have rights as a victim. You can seek compensation and try to bring more awareness to the blight of motorcyclists hit by dangerous drivers.

Source: The State of New Jersey Law & Public Safety, "Motorcycle Safety Resource" Sep. 17, 2014

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