Have you noticed hints of springtime when you step outdoors these days? If you’re one of many New Jersey residents who own a motorcycle, warmer temperatures and bright sunshine might compel you to take your first ride of the season. Whether you’re a skilled and experienced rider or new to the motorcycle scene, road safety is a top priority.
Like all motorists, you’re obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations every time you operate your motorcycle. Laws regarding helmets and other safety issues vary by state, so it’s critical that you understand New Jersey laws before riding here. No matter how cautious and alert you are, if another motorist is negligent, it can place you at risk for serious injury.
Motorcycles require special skill set
Just because you know how to drive a car doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to operate a motorcycle. In fact, beyond needing a special license to do so, it pays to review riding tips to help you be as prepared and safe as possible when you head out onto a New Jersey highway on a motorcycle.
Helmets always improve safety
In this state, you’re required to wear a properly fitting helmet that the Department of Transportation has approved if you plan to operate a motorcycle. However, even in states that do not require helmets, it’s always safer to wear one anyway. Chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury greatly increase if you ride without a helmet.
Also, if another driver hits you and you suffer a head injury but were not wearing a helmet at the time, you might wind up facing some complicated legal problems.
Never assume other motorists see you
Just because you can see another driver, doesn’t mean he or she sees you. There are blind spots that can impede a driver’s field of vision. If you plan to ride, learn as much as you can about how to position your motorcycle in a traffic lane to make yourself as visible to other travelers as possible.
Check your motorcycle before every ride
Checking the air level in your tires, making sure coolant and other fluid levels are good, and checking brake, tail and headlights before riding all help keep you safe. Experienced motorcyclists also understand the importance of checking the clutch, throttle, mirrors and horn every time they head out on the road.
If another driver’s negligence causes a collision
You might do everything right and be as diligent about safety as you can be; however, if another driver on the road is negligent or reckless, you might be the one who winds up in the back of an ambulance if he or she causes a collision. In addition to physical injuries, you might also experience financial distress and emotional trauma in the aftermath of a sudden collision.
Many recovering accident victims have been able to obtain financial recovery for their losses by seeking restitution against those deemed responsible for their damages.