If you are one of the many people in New Jersey or New York who love the feeling of riding a motorcycle, you know that you must also navigate some challenging situations when sharing the roads with other passenger and commercial vehicles.

From car doors opening into your path of travel to distracted or impaired drivers that fail to pay attention to you, the risks abound. Unfortunately, when a collision between a motorcycle and passenger vehicle occurs, the biker is at a disadvantage.

New Jersey’s motorcyclist fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 320 motorcyclists died across the state of New Jersey in the five years spanning 2014 through 2018. Those deaths represented anywhere from 9% to more than 13% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities each year. Riders in their 20’s represented the largest group of those killed, with 99 bikers between 20 and 29 losing their lives in those five years. Another 91 bikers aged 50 and older died in the same time period.

New York’s motorcyclist fatalities

In New York, 741 bikers were killed in accidents between 2014 and 2018. These deaths represented anywhere between 13% and 16% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities each year. Of those killed, 238 were between the ages of 20 and 29 and another 212 were 50 years of age or older.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New Jersey and New York an overview of how many motorcyclists die each year in vehicular accidents in each state.