Motorcycle fatalities are down 32 percent since 2012 in both New Jersey and the nation, according to preliminary numbers. For the first nine months of 2013, there were only 44 fatalities from motorcycle accidents compared with 65 at the same point in 2012, according to the governor’s Highway Safety Association.
The reason for the drop nationally is unknown, but New Jersey officials cited superstorm Sandy and fewer riders visiting shore communities during last year’s summer season as one factor. New Jersey also pointed to poor weather in 2013.
It was the first year since 1997 that motorcycle fatalaties dipped nationally.