If you or someone in your family rides a motorcycle in New Jersey, you have good reason to be concerned about the actions of drivers in other vehicles. The same holds true for pedestrians and the reality is that anyone can be a pedestrian at different times, not just those who walk or jog for exercise. Even walking across a parking lot makes one a pedestrian at that moment and makes them vulnerable to serious injuries if hit by a car, truck or sport utility vehicle.
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians and motorcyclists killed in accidents in New Jersey jumped dramatically from 2016 to 2017. In 2016, 163 pedestrians died after being hit by motor vehicles. The following year, that number jumped by 20 to 183. Motorcyclists experienced two consecutive years where the number of bikers hit and killed rose. In 2015, 50 motorcyclist fatalities were recorded. The following two years, there were 71 and then 83 biker deaths on New Jersey roads.
In Ocean County, the experience has been similar. In 2016, two motorcyclists and eight pedestrians died. In 2017, the county recorded five biker deaths and 13 pedestrian deaths. In these two years, 94 people died in all accidents in the county.
If you would like to learn more about the risks faced by people on motorcycles or on foot in New Jersey and how to seek help after being hit by a driver in a passenger or commercial vehicle, please feel free to visit the motorcycle and pedestrian crash page of our New Jersey personal injury website.