Each time motorists get behind the wheel, they owe a duty of care to others who travel on or the same roadways. When people fail in that duty, the consequences can be very tragic. No matter what type of a motorcycle a rider may choose, the reality is that a motorcycle does not fare well in a collision with a passenger car, SUV, truck, or any larger vehicle. A recent multi-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury seriously injured two people.
State police said a traffic accident involving four vehicles, including a motorcycle, occurred on the Turnpike northbound around 11:30 a.m. on July 19. The wreck caused the motorcyclist and a passenger to suffer serious injuries, sending the two to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. None of the drivers of the three vehicles sustained serious injuries. The Saturday morning collision caused a 10-mile delay from Robbinsville to Cranbury.
As authorities continue to investigate the Turnpike accident, no information was provided regarding which of the four vehicles caused the crash or which party was at fault. Under the personal injury law, the party found to have violated traffic rules and caused the multi-vehicle crash can be held legally liable for the victims’ injuries. This allows the injured victims to recover monetary damages from the motorist at fault.
If more than one party was at fault, then such parties will be obligated to share liability for the victims’ injuries and losses. If the motorcyclist contributed to his own injuries, he may still make a claim but the compensation he may receive will be reduced. The seriously injured passenger has every right to make a compensation claim regardless of which driver caused the crash.
In order to recover damages, crash victims must prove that they were owed a duty of care by the driver or drivers at fault; that the driver breached that duty of care, and that the driver’s negligence caused the victims’ injuries. A New Jersey personal injury attorney will provide crash victims with clear legal guidance and information about the legal claims process.