New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles have always been allowed on the New Jersey Turnpike. However, this has not always been true for the Garden State Parkway. Motorcyclists were allowed on Garden State Parkway when it opened in 1951. In 1961, things changed for motorcyclists in New Jersey. Believe it or not, operating a motorcycle on the Garden State Parkway between 1961 and 1975 was illegal because of the personal injury and property damage due to motorcycle accidents. In 1975, Governor Byrne signed a bill allowing motorcyclists to operate on the Garden State Parkway again under pressure from motorcycle groups, provided they abide by new safety rules, including the use of protective gear and minimum power.
New Jersey residents operating a motorcycle must have either: (1) a motorcycle endorsement on their existing driver license or (2) a separate motorcycle license. All motorcycles must be titled, registered and insured. Under the New Jersey Helmet Law:
No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the federal DOT. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides.
Tips of Motorists
New Jersey recommends the following safety tips for motorists traveling near or around motorcyclists:
- Be Alert for Motorcycles – Heavy traffic could hide a motorcycle. Be aware constantly.
- Anticipate Hazards for Motorcycles – Be prepared to react to poor road conditions, such as debris or oil slicks, railroad tracks or raised manhole covers.
- Do Not Tailgate Motorcycles – They require less stopping distance than other vehicles.
- Share the Road – Sharing the road will save lives. Motorcyclists and motorists abide by the same traffic laws. To avoid crashes, obey speed laws, warning signs and traffic signals. Share the road. Remember that motorcycles are much smaller and maneuver faster than other vehicles, so always check your mirrors twice.
Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
Despite the safety precautions, there are occasions when motorcyclists are involved in auto accidents. Between 2007 to 2016, motorcycle fatalities varied. In 2011, New Jersey recorded the highest number of fatalities (93). In 2015, New Jersey recorded the lowest number (50). New Jersey recorded over 12,000 motorcycle crashes between 2011 and 2015.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
Operating a motorcycle on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway or any other roadway in New Jersey can be dangerous. The dangers associated with operating a motorcycle can increase when the following conditions are present:
- Driver fatigue
- Construction on the roadway
- Road construction
- Poor visibility
- Slippery conditions involving oil, rain or ice
- Road Bends, Curves and hills
New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
It is important for anyone injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident through no fault of their own to consult with a New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Lawyer because, many times, the injuries are severe. The Sloan Law Firm handles accidents involving motorcycles, ATVs, Dirt Bikes and any other type of motorcycle in New Jersey. The firm serves clients in Cranford, Westfield, Elizabeth, Toms River, Belleville, New Brunswick, Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Old Bridge, Edison, Jersey City, Woodbridge, Keyport, Bloomfield, Lyndhurst, Perth Amboy, Passaic, Brick, Wayne, Lakewood, Irvington, Morristown, East Orange, Freehold, Paterson, Newark, Clifton, Bergen County, Union County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Somerset County, Morris County and throughout New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident and would like a free consultation to discuss the matter, call the Sloan Law Firm 24 hours a day at: (908) 358-2938.