Despite helmets and protective gear, motorcyclists are typically more vulnerable than motorists when they are involved in accidents. It is not uncommon for riders of motorcycles to suffer catastrophic injuries in accidents with cars; in fact, such accidents often result in death. Many accidents between cars and motorcycles lead to wrongful death charges being filed.
A 32-year-old New Jersey motorcyclist lost his life on a recent Tuesday when he smashed into a car on Porchtown Road in Pittsgrove. Police reported that witnesses described how two motorcycles were southbound when the 22-year-old driver of a car allegedly reversed into the road from a driveway. Police reportedly suspect the driver of turning into a driveway and then realizing that it was the wrong driveway, so he backed up to turn around.
One motorcyclist apparently managed to avoid the car, but another one crashed into it. Emergency services were on the scene, and their efforts to resuscitate the victim were in vain. He was declared dead at the accident scene. An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of the accident in which alcohol and drugs did not seem to be attributing factors. Police said that criminal charges were not pending; however, the investigation may bring traffic violation charges.
New Jersey residents who have lost loved ones in motorcycle or car accidents that were caused by the negligence of another party are free to file wrongful death claims in a civil court. They have the right to pursue recovery of damages, and by filing such a claim, the family may be awarded monetary damages. Although no amount of money will make up for the loss of a loved one, the award could cover end-of-life and other related costs that were brought about by the accident.
Source: nj.com, “Bridgeton man killed in Pittsgrove car, motorcycle crash“, Brittany M. Wehner, June 12, 2014
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