As spring weather hits New Jersey in full force and gives way to the warm days of summer, drivers may find themselves sharing the road with more and more motorcycles. While it is, of course, up to riders to take precautions to ensure their personal safety, the burden also falls to other drivers to remain alert to the presence of motorcycles. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we understand that safety is the highest priority for drivers and riders alike.
According to the National Safety Council, May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month is important for riders as a reminder to wear the proper equipment every time they get on their bike and to practice good safety behaviors. This is especially important for riders over the age of 50, since in 2011, that demographic represented 35 percent of all motorcycle deaths.
In order to keep motorcyclists safe, car and truck drivers must also do their part. Distracted driving is a widespread problem but it can be particularly harmful to bikers. For instance, if a driver is paying attention to their phone or the radio, he or she may not see the motorcycle next to them and attempt to change lanes. Therefore, it is important that drivers always pay attention to the road and check their blind spots before making any moves.
Accidents involving motorcycles can result in much more serious injuries than ones that only involve cars or trucks. For more information on crashes that involve motorcycles, please visit our web page.