New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country. That means our roads are always jammed up with all types of vehicles and traffic. Unfortunately, drivers of cars tend to forget that there are other types of vehicles on the road. Bicyclists and motorcycle riders face the greatest dangers from drivers who aren’t looking out for them. Drivers in cars are also at risk of causing accidents with trucks when they don’t properly share the road. While bike riders and motorcyclists can also take steps to prevent accidents, they can’t stop a car from hitting them. The more drivers understand about other types of vehicles, the better they will be able to share the road with them.
There were 81 fatal crashes involving motorcycles in New Jersey in 2012 and 57 in 2013. More than two-thirds of motorcycle wrecks involving multiple vehicles occur when the driver of another vehicle does not see the motorcycle. The majority of New Jersey motorcycle wrecks involving a car or truck happen at intersections. Drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcycles. It is important to always check mirrors before making a turn or changing lanes. Bikes can be harder to see in heavy traffic, so it is important to always be on the lookout. Never tailgate a motorcycle rider, as they require much less time than cars to stop.
Bicycles also travel New Jerseys roadways, trails and sidewalks. Both children and adults ride bikes, but the majority of cyclist deaths involve adults. In 2012, 14 bike riders died in New Jersey accidents, and 11 of those bicyclists were over 20 years old. Drivers can help reduce the number of accidents by staying on the lookout for bikes, especially in neighborhoods. Drivers should respect bike lanes and leave at least four feet of room between their car and any bicycle they intend to pass.
Large trucks travel on many New Jersey roads and highways. Understanding how to share the road with them makes driving safer for everyone. It is important to know that trucks have large blind spots. It is generally difficult for truckers to see vehicles on their right side. For that reason, you should always overtake on the left when you need to pass a truck. Trucks also stop more slowly than cars. It is important to never cut them off, because they may not be able to prevent rear-ending you.
The car accident lawyers at Seigel Law encourage all motorists to educate themselves on motorcycle, bicycle and truck safety. By staying aware and sharing the road, you can make New Jersey safer for everyone. If you have been hurt in a car accident, bike collision, motorcycle crash or truck wreck, we can help. Call our Ridgewood office at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.