An assistant Bergen County prosecutor was killed in July 2022 when his motorcycle collided with an SUV at a treacherous crossroads in Hackensack, NJ. The accident is illustrative of the hazards of riding a motorcycle on busy urban roads.
According to news accounts, Avon Morgan’s motorcycle crashed into the SUV, which was making a turn from Railroad Avenue onto Essex Street. There is no signal light at the T-intersection — only a stop sign on Railroad Avenue. The avenue is very wide, with grade-level NJ Transit tracks running down its center. Due to these factors, a car turning from the avenue onto Essex Street faces oncoming traffic and has a limited field of vision, especially as to smaller vehicles like motorcycles that might be approaching.
Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than operating other types of vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a motorcycle rider is four times more likely to be injured in a crash than a car passenger and 28 times more likely to die. These statistics are unsurprising given a motorcycle’s small size, light weight and lack of meaningful crash protection.
Despite the risks, avid motorcycle enthusiasts will continue to ride. However, here are some best practices that can help avoid motorcycle accidents:
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