Motorcycle Accidents in Trenton, NJ
Motorcycle accidents are often deadly or result in permanent disabilities. Mainly because of the lack of safety measures and foolproof protective equipment, motorcycle accidents are 35 times more deadly than any other kind of traffic accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of today’s motorcycle accidents in New Jersey, including Trenton, NJ occur on highways and are the result of inattentive drivers and speeding motor vehicles including cars and trucks. Not wearing safety helmets contributes to the degree of severity of injuries received by motorcyclists. The NHTSA also estimates that safety helmets can reduce the chance of a fatality by 37%. While most motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the threat riding a motorcycle without a helmet poses, many still refuse to wear them and increase their risk of serious personal injuries.
If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured due to a motorcycle accident in Trenton or surrounding New Jersey area, please contact our Trenton, NJ Personal Injury Attorneys at Flynn & Associates, P.C., for a free consultation.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There were more than 2,500 motorcycle accidents in New Jersey in 2011. Nearly 300 people in New Jersey lost their lives in fatal motorcycle accidents form 2003-2007. Already, as of the first half of 2013, approximately 257 people have died in traffic accidents including fatal motorcycle accidents in the state, according to the NJ’s Department of Health. Motorcycle accidents occur in many different ways with many variables unique to each accident. However, similarities between motorcycle and automobile crashes are too blatant to ignore. Fast speeds, violent collisions, and, more often than not, inattentive or distracted motorists all play their role in typical motorcycle accidents. The majority of motorcycle accidents happen on highways with more than half of them involving other motor vehicles.
Throughout New Jersey, including Trenton, NJ, more than half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections and more than 2/3 happen when the operator of a motor vehicle does not see the motorcycle.
Another main reasons motorcycle traffic accidents occur is aggressive driving. Failure to yield right of way or operating a motorcycle at unsafe speeds round up the top three reasons for the high rate of motorcycle accidents in New Jersey.
Common reasons for motorcycle accidents that occur in Trenton and throughout New Jersey include:
- Rear-end Collisions
- Limited Visibility Accidents
- Traffic Collisions
- Loss of Motorcycle Control
- Aggressive Driving
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the NJDOT, there were 2,500 non-fatal motorcycle crashes in New Jersey and between 60-75 motorcycle accidents that involved fatalities. While most of the injuries in non-fatal crashes were minor to moderate, there were still more than 2,000 incidents where people riding motorcycles were seriously injured and needed emergency medical care.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often occurs in motorcycle accidents where the chauffeur of the motor bike was not wearing a helmet. Helmets can help reduce fatalities and serious brain injuries like concussions, head trauma, and TBIs by more than 37%. Motorcyclists are also frequently thrown off their vehicle after impact due to lack of safety harnesses on motorcycles. This may cause a myriad of injuries including road rash, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries in New Jersey include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken/Fractured Bones
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Road Rash/Burn
- Internal Injuries
Getting Legal Help
Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious consequences including permanent disabilities and substantial loss of income. Our experienced legal team can help provide you with all the legal options available to you from seeking justice to receiving compensation for your injuries. Please contact our Trenton, NJ Personal Injury Attorneys at Flynn & Associates, P.C., today.