Motorcycle Safety Tips for Summer Riding

By Greg Kohn
Partner

The warmer months are approaching, and the thrill of the open road and clear skies are the perfect setting for motorcyclists searching for exhilarating rides. However, with the increase in traffic, seasonal factors, and the unbearable summer heat, it is important to prioritize safety while out on the road. Our accomplished New Jersey attorneys care about your well-being and want to ensure that your rides during the summer are safe and enjoyable by providing you with essential tips to help you navigate the roads.

Safety Tips 

Safety is a top priority, and following these tips can help minimize accidents while on the ride. Whether you are a seasoned rider or a beginner, it is crucial to stay vigilant and prepared. Some essential tips to adhere to are:

  • Wear the right gear: Wearing the proper gear is one of the most critical aspects of protecting yourself on the road. Investing in high-quality, durable materials such as helmets, padded jackets, gloves, protective goggles, and boots, will offer you optimal protection. 
  • Check your bike: Routine maintenance is key for your safety as you ride. Before you go out, be sure to inspect all essential parts to avoid any mechanical failures. 
  • Observe speed limits: Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents for motorcyclists. Adhering to the speed limits and adjusting your speed to traffic and road conditions is always recommended. 
  • Ride sober: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that 29% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2022 had a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08%. If you’ve been drinking, you should not be riding. 
  • Stay hydrated: Riding in the summer heat can quickly lead to dehydration. Ensure that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your ride to stay hydrated and alert, as dehydration can cause disorientation. 

Other factors, such as avoiding riding in severe weather conditions, should also be noted to ensure rider safety. 

New Jersey Motorcycle Laws

Understanding and complying with New Jersey motorcycle laws is essential for your safety and legal protection. Here are some key regulations:

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license or endorsement. Endorsements can be obtained by enrolling in a Basic Rider Course or applying without completing a basic rider course. A valid driver’s license is needed for endorsement. 
  • Helmets are required by New Jersey laws. All cyclists and passengers are required to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved helmet
  • Eye and face protection is required. However, N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.8, 76.9 in 2023, revised the law on wearing goggles if the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen.  
  • Motorcyclists must have proof of valid liability insurance. 

Following these laws keeps you compliant and significantly enhances your safety on the road.

What to Do if You Are Injured While Riding

Accidents can still happen with all precautions taken. If you are injured while riding, it’s important to know the steps to take:

  • Seek Medical Attention even if your injuries seem minor. 
  • Document the Accident by taking photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damages. You will need this information to help build your case. 
  • Report the Accident and file an accident report. Sooner is better than waiting for later. 
  • Contact a Lawyer with experience in personal injury to discuss your case.

Following these essential steps after an accident helps to safeguard your well-being and legal rights. 

Need More Tips and Advice on Safe Summer Riding? Reach out Today.

Your summer riding does not have to be wrought with questions to detract from your enjoyment on the road. Following the above-outlined tips will help you keep prepared for any situation. If you find yourself in a situation where you are injured and unsure of your rights, seek immediate medical help and consult with our skilled personal injury lawyers. We are happy to provide you with a consultation today.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.