The attorneys at Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, have seen how the devastating results of motorcycle crashes affected numerous clients. Motorcycling is popular with people in New Jersey, as well as the rest of the country, but there are many risks associated with the activity. If you are involved in a crash on your motorcycle, you face serious injuries and other complications that may last a lifetime.
What are some of the things you should understand about motorcycle accidents? Perhaps the most important thing to consider is that you have nowhere near the same amount of protection on your bike as others do in their cars. Cars and trucks contain additional safety features, such as seatbelts, airbags and the surrounding body of the vehicle to shield occupants in an accident. On your motorcycle, there is hardly anything to protect you against the impact with another vehicle, the ground or other obstacles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, catastrophic or fatal injuries occur to motorcyclists in over 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents. Ejection from your bike is one of the most common ways you can sustain serious injuries, such as broken bones, head trauma and friction burns from skidding on the pavement.
Wearing a motorcycle helmet may reduce your risk of getting a head injury; however, helmets are not a guarantee of safety in all accidents. You may also become the victim of a negligent or speeding driver, no matter how safely you are operating your motorcycle in traffic. Please visit our page on motorcycle accidents to learn more about the risks and potential long-term repercussions you may face in a crash.