Common Causes of New Jersey Motorcycle Accidents

Published: Sep 19, 2017 in Personal Injury

It can be thrilling to ride on a motorcycle. Regardless of whether a motorcycle is your main mode of transportation or you only ride it on the weekends, you must be careful. Motorcycle accidents are often more serious than accidents that involve cars and trucks because motorcycles offer far less protection to riders and passengers.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, Bhatt Law Group can help you recover compensation. Call us today at (201) 798-8000.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Poor Road Conditions- Road debris, potholes, gravel, slippery roads, uneven road surfaces, and poor visibility can all lead to motorcycle crashes.
  • Drunk Drivers- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs may cause serious motorcycle accidents. In New Jersey, it is illegal for driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher to operate a vehicle. However, drivers with a lower BAC may still prompt a crash if their driving is impacted by intoxication.
  • Distracted Drivers- Eating, applying makeup, reading a map, texting, and talking to passengers are all examples of distractions that can lead to a motorcycle collision. Drivers who are not distracted already have a tough time seeing motorcyclists, but when distractions are present, they are less likely to notice them.
  • Lane Splitting- Lane splitting involves riding between two lanes in order to bypass slow traffic. Lane splitting poses a danger to motorcyclists as well as other drivers.
  • Head-On Collisions- Head-on collisions occur when a motorcycle and another vehicle collide head-on. During these types of accidents, fatalities are almost always involved.
  • Left-Hand Turns- Cars that make left-hand turns can be very dangerous for motorcyclists. Left-hand turn accidents usually occur when the car that is turning left hits the motorcycle as the motorcycle is passing the car, going through an intersection, or attempting to overtake the car. While left-hand turn accidents are also common between two cars, they are usually more serious when a motorcyclist is involved and often result in injury or death.
  • Hitting Fixed Objects- A common issue for motorcyclists is hitting fixed objects. Whether it’s a vehicle on the side of the road or a tree, the impact can be extremely hazardous. When a motorcycle hits a stationary object, the motorcyclist’s body keeps going and may get thrown from the motorcycle.

Contact the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Bhatt Law Group

By learning how to deal with different road conditions and educating yourself on some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, you can become a safer motorcyclist and reduce your risk of getting into an accident.

If you are involved in an accident, call the Jersey City motorcycle accident attorneys at Bhatt Law Group immediately at (201) 798-8000. We can identify the cause of the accident and may be able to help you collect compensation for someone else’s negligence.