This first weekend in June was a tough one for motorcyclists.
It all started Friday evening, when a Somerset resident was struck and killed while riding his motorbike on Route 80, in Montville. The other driver, a Clifton resident, was charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide. The accident remains under investigation.
Then tragedy struck again, on Saturday morning, after a Bridgewater man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle while driving near South Adamsville Road and Kirby Avenue. No other vehicles were involved.
And just yesterday, at approximately 2:40 AM Sunday morning, a 23-yr old Hillside resident was killed after rear-ending a sedan in Newark. The motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene. This accident is also still under investigation.
After a horrific weekend of motorcycle fatalities, we ask motorcyclists to please exercise caution when riding:
Keep a safe distance from other drivers. Give yourself time to respond.
Avoid speeding at all costs. Especially going into turns.
Drive in well-lit areas. Respect the dark.
Keep away from the booze. This goes for drivers and riders.
Wear the right attire.
- Footwear that protects both feet and ankles.
- A securely fastened helmet with eye protection.
- An abrasion-resistant jacket. It will serve as a second skin in a crash.
- Durable pants. Leather may not always be fashionable, but it could save you from serious road rash.
- Tough leather gloves that can save your hands in an accident.
And…dear car drivers,
Please remember to share the road. They have families too.
For tips on safety and what to do if you're in a motorcycle accident, request our free resource, When the Open Road is Not So Friendly. We want you safe. If you've been hurt in an accident, tell us your story. Give us a call or drop us a line. We're here to help.