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Nationwide, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Between 2003 and 2007, 377 motorcyclists died on New Jersey’s highways.During the same time period, motorcycle registrations increased by 17 percent. About 2,500 motorcycles are involved in crashes each year on New Jersey's roadways, according to the Federal Highway Authority.
Facts: 22% of motorcycle fatalities involved riders that
did not have a motorcycle endorsement. In addition,
21 percent of these crashes involved excessive speed,
27 percent involved alcohol and 23 percent had a
previous license suspension/revocation. Motorcycle crashes result in 70 or more fatalities and about 2,000 injuries each year in the Garden State. If you're involved in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey, statistics show that you have a 75 percent chance of being injured. Every rider's best defense against an injury is to obey the law: Wear Your Helmet!
Motorcycle Crash Facts:
Motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles -
More than half occur at intersections.
More than two-thirds occur when the vehicle's driver does not see the motorcycle.
Motorcycle crashes not involving other vehicles -
More than two-thirds result from excessive speed.
Inexperienced riders cause many more crashes. 22% of motorcycle fatalities did not have a motorcycle endorsement. Remember to always follow through
on your licensing requirements.
40% of single vehicle motorcycle fatalities occur during turns and corners. Slow down before maneuvering the
corner.
Motorcycle Safety Programs in New Jersey:
90% of the riders who are involved in crashes have no formal training. Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Training Programs are designed to help new or experienced riders suffer fewer injuries in the event of a crash or possibly avoid crashes altogether. Other potential benefits of a credited training program include road test waivers, insurance discounts and license point deductions. For a complete list of MSF certified RiderCourse training locations in New Jersey, please visit our partner organization NJRIDESAFE.ORG.
A motorcycle riders' best defense against injury is to obey laws and wear protective clothing and equipment:
Helmet - In New Jersey, motorcyclists are required by law to wear a DOT (FMVSS 218) approved helmet.
Eye Protection - Glasses, Goggles or a Shield
Jacket - Sturdy, Long Sleeved and Abrasion-Resistant
Pants - Well-Fitting and Abrasion-Resistant
Footwear - Sturdy, Over-the-Ankle Boots
Hand Wear - Well-Fitting, Full-Fingered Gloves
Motorcyclist Safety Tips:
Drive Defensively - Assume motorists do not see you and plan escape routes.
Make Yourself Visible - Wear bright colored and reflective clothing. Do not linger in "blind spots". Adjust your lane position.
Give Yourself Time and Space to React - Do not tailgate. Use the "Two Second Rule" or the "Four Second Rule" to create space between you and vehicles ahead of you.
Avoid Sudden Braking or Turning When Driving on Wet Roads or Gravel - With only two tires, motorcycles have less tire traction than other vehicles.
Enhance Your Skills with Education - New Jersey offers various safety and skill courses, for riders new and old. View more information, or call 609-633-9308.
Never drink alcohol or take medications while riding.
Never ride if you are tired.
Safety Tips for the Motorist:
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.
New Jersey Helmet Law - P.L. 39:3-76.7:
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.
Consider the Facts about Helmet Use:
An approved helmet lets you see as far to the sides as necessary. A study of more than 900 motorcycle crashes, where 40% of the riders wore helmets, failed to find a single case in which a helmet kept a rider from spotting danger.
Most crashes happen on short trips (less than five miles long), just a few minutes after starting out.
Even low-speed crashes can be fatal. Most riders are going slower than 30 mph when they get injured. At these speeds, helmets can reduce both the number and the severity of head injuries by half.
No matter what the speed, unhelmeted riders are three times more likely to die from head injuries than are riders who are wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the crash.
 
Other Motorcycle-related NJ Laws:
Handlebars must rest below rider's shoulders.
Rearview mirror is required.
Links:
arrow National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Motorcycle Information
arrow New Jersey Smart Riders...
New Jersey Smart Riders - Think you're ready to ride? Developed by the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, this web site stresses the importance of Smart Gear, Smart Judgement and Smart Training to help keep you safe while riding on New Jersey's roadways.
arrow NJRIDESAFE.ORG - Tips, information and rider training information from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.
arrow Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) - The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System.
arrow Railroad Crossing Safety -
Safety tips, links and sign information for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about how to safely pass through a railroad crossing
arrow The Detection of DWI Motorcyclists - This 20-page booklet produced by NHTSA, discusses the behavioral cues exhibited by intoxicated motorcyclists. Additionally, it can be used as a reference for riding coaches to illustrate how alcohol can negatively affect even the most basic riding skills.
 
 
   
 
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