While road motorcycles can provide an exhilarating thrill for anyone, dirt bikes or off-road motorcycles present a specific thrill for daredevils. Over 70% of non-fatal accidents occur to riders who are 16 years of age and younger. As such, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend off-road motorcycles for children under 16 years of age, for they do not possess the necessary skills to operate the vehicles safely.
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Even though driving a motorcycle off-road can be thrilling, statistics show that an accident’s damage to the driver can be staggeringly dangerous, especially when proper protection isn’t being worn. 60% of deaths resulted from the failure of the motorist to wear a helmet when driving off-road motorcycles. When do accidents occur, they often result in broken bones, and 65% of all broken bones attributed to off-road motorcycling occur below the waist.
WOBM reports that a man from Queens has suffered significant head and spinal injuries in a Lacey dirt bike accident.
The accident happened shortly after 12 p.m. on Sunday in Lacey Township. It occurred off-road, about 1.5 miles from the intersection of Lacey and Carriage Roads.
43-year-old Jose Perez of Queens was riding along a trail southbound. He failed to negotiate a turn. This caused him to lose control of his bike and he was thrown from the vehicle.
His injuries were significant and involved his head and his spinal cord. He was airlifted to JSUMC in critical condition.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI United assisted in the investigation of the accident.