How New Jersey riders can stay safe

The rains that are forecasted for our region may make homeowners happy (as they can get much needed rain for gardens and lawns) but it makes riding treacherous for motorcyclists. Nevertheless, spring viewed as an annual ritual for motorcycle riders as they begin to emerge from winter slumbers.

There is one drawback, however. Motorists have to learn how to share the road with motorcycle riders once again. (Indeed, another ritual of spring). In the midst of this learning process, riders should be wary of the following tips so that they can avoid accidents as spring turns to summer.

Stay out of blind spots – The most common accident occurs when a driver makes a sudden lane change (or right turn) without knowing that a motorcycle rider is there. Unfortunately, not all drivers check their blind spots before making moves, even though they should. Because of this staying out of blind spots can greatly reduce the risk of an accident.

Make your presence known – This is different from staying out of blind spots, in that riders should wear bright, noticeable colors, and reflective decals when riding at night. It may seem obvious to use running lights, but they can be life savers, even in the daytime.

Know when to lay down – Sometimes an accident is unavoidable. In these situations, knowing how to “crash” the bike without causing extensive injuries is critical. Essentially, laying the bike down (as opposed to being thrown from it) can reduce the chance of catastrophic injuries. 

Even in light of these tips, motorists have a duty to use reasonable car in watching out for motorcycles. If you believe that your accident was caused by a driver’s failure to use such car, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: ABC, Motorcyclist crashes into two bicyclists, May 1, 2013

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