Whether a motorcyclist is riding in New Jersey or elsewhere in the U.S., the risks remain the same. Motorcycle riders are more likely to face traumatic brain injuries and fatalities than car drivers. The risks are even higher for teens. Teenage motorcyclists file 5.7 more accident claims than motorcyclists between the ages of 35 and 50.
Even after getting a license, teens may neglect to take any safety classes. This is why the first thing any teenage motorcyclist should do before heading out on the road is to take a DMV-approved training course. The DMV can supply a list of class options. In addition, teens should ensure that their motorcycles are safe and cost-efficient, not just cool. More than 50 percent of teens choose sports bikes, which are involved in more accidents than any other model.
Purchasing safety gear is another important step; gloves, boots that cover the ankle and goggles that are resistant to scratching are all recommended. Jackets and pants should be made from a heavy material like leather or denim. Furthermore, clothing should be bright and reflective. Teens should also consider getting a DOT-approved helmet, which is larger and has shock-absorbing foam.
Though the wide-open roads may be tempting, speeding is never encouraged. Lastly, teens should not offer rides to their friends. As many parents know, friends can be a major source of distractions.
Even when motorcyclists follow all the rules, there are times when other drivers can be reckless. In the event of a motorcycle accident, the victim could consult with a lawyer about filing a claim. The lawyer can hire investigators to strengthen the case and then negotiate for a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.