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Rate of fatal motorcycle crashes

When compared to other vehicles, motorcycles are less stable. This means that New Jersey riders are not able to maintain control of the vehicle in cases where they need to make an abrupt stop, sharp turn or evade an obstacle. Because of this, serious and even fatal motorcycle crashes can occur not only because a rider cannot control his or her bike, but also because another motorist was negligent and collided with the motorcyclist.

Because motorcyclist lack the protection other motorists have inside of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer fatal injuries. In fact, based on current statistics, the number of deaths on motorcycles is nearly 29 times the number of fatalities in cars.

The most common injury in a motorcycle crash is a head injury. These injuries can be extremely severe and fatal, which is helmet use is promoted. Helmet use is found to be 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and roughly 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.

In 2016, it was reported that a total of 4,976 motorcyclists died in crashes. Based on trends, motorcycle deaths have been declining since the early 1980's until 1998. From 1998 until 2008, the rate began to increase. In 2017, motorcycle deaths accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths occurring that year. This was double the rate in 1997.

Following a fatal motorcycle accident, it is important for surviving loved ones to understand their rights. This means exploring their options to file a wrongful death claim. This action could help with the recovery of compensation for losses such as medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages.

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