The safety of the New Jersey highway system depends upon both the infrastructure and the drivers that use it. Unfortunately, motorcycle fatalities have increased 33 percent nationwide since 2003, and 77 people in New Jersey lost their lives on motorcycles in 2012 alone. It is unknown how much of this increase is due to issues with the cyclists, issues with the road or issues with other drivers.

The U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a report indicating that the fatality rate for motorcycle collisions rose 7 percent between 2011 and 2012. This category of traffic death now comprises 15 percent of all road fatalities in America. This is in spite of the fact that motorcycles only make up 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles. They are also driven much less than passenger vehicles or trucks, traveling fewer than 1 percent of all vehicle miles driven in a year.

These accidents happen at all hours of the day and all days of the week, though some days have more of them. According to the report, a fatal motorcycle accident is equally likely to happen during the hours of the weekend or the weekday. Slightly more than half of these deadly crashes took place between the motorcycle and another vehicle, while the rest happened to the motorcycle alone.

The family of a deceased motorcyclist may file a civil claim against any people or organizations that may share in responsibility for the wrongful death of their kin. They may be eligible to gain compensation for the loss of the services and support that they may have otherwise enjoyed if their loved one had been able to live out their expected life span. An attorney may be able to help them as they file the claim and make the necessary court appearances.

Source: NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, “Traffic Safety Facts Motorcycles“, October 19, 2014