New Jersey roads are not always safe for motorcyclists, and motorcycle accidents are often more severe than many other types of traffic accidents. When a motorcycle collides with a larger vehicle, the rider is not in a safe position compared to occupants of the larger vehicle. A motorcyclist can be ejected at high speeds and may sustain catastrophic injuries. This is likely the case in the recent fatal motorcycle crash in Monroe Township.
A female veterinary technician, 28, was killed after her motorcycle collided with a car driven by a 26-year-old Monroe Township woman. The motorcyclist, a Millstone woman, was riding her 2002 Ducati motorcycle south on Perrineville Road between Federal Road and Union Valley Road around 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 when her motorcycle collided with a 2011 Kia Optima traveling north. The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike, which was struck by Hyundai Sonata traveling south. The biker was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead later.
In collisions involving motorcycles, drivers of larger vehicles are often to blame. Drivers may fail to see motorcycles, fail to yield the right of way, or make driving errors around motorcycles, especially during lane changes and at intersections. Slight mistakes on the part of drivers, such as changing lanes quickly, merging without paying much attention to other vehicles, or turning without looking around can have serious or fatal consequences for bikers due to the comparatively smaller size of motorcycles.
Motorcyclists need to be aware of their legal rights, as well as the insurance coverage that applies to them when they are involved in accidents because motorcycle insurance coverage can differ from auto insurance coverage. While New Jersey implements the no-fault insurance system that provides benefits to crash victims regardless of which party was at fault, injuries that occurred while the victim was riding a motorcycle are typically not covered by PIP because it’s generally an excluded act.
The scarcity of details about this fatal motorcycle accident leaves many questions that will have to wait for the final investigation. What’s certain is that in motor vehicle collisions, at least one party is at fault for the wreck.
Regardless of what happens to police investigation, the family members of the killed motorcyclist may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car involved in the collision. If the decedent’s estate is able to prove that the driver was negligent, the court may award damages to the victim’s surviving family. It’s very important for injured motorcyclists or their family members to consult with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to help them navigate their legal options when it comes to compensation claims.