A collision between a motorcycle and a larger vehicle such as a car, pickup truck, and commercial truck commonly results in severe injuries for the motorcyclist, whether through the initial impact from the collision or the subsequent impacts. Common causes of motorcycle crashes include speeding, failing to stop in time, improper lane changes, and turning in front of the motorcycle, often at an intersection, and other dangerous maneuvers.
On Sept. 21, a 38-year-old Perth Amboy motorcyclist was killed after his bike collided with another vehicle around 6:20 p.m. on Route 18 north of Tennent Road in Marlboro Township. The State Police, Robertsville Fire Department, and township police department responded to the crash scene, forcing the road’s closure for two hours. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marlboro police traffic division will lead the investigation.
When a motorcycle is involved in a collision with an automobile or any other larger vehicle, the motorcyclist is much likely to suffer serious and even fatal injuries regardless of which party is at fault for the crash. In many motorcycle accident cases, the drivers fail to see motorcycles. But even if motorcyclists contributed to their own injuries during a collision, they may still be entitled to compensation under New Jersey’s comparative negligence laws.
If the motorcyclist is found speeding, but the driver is found distracted, driving too fast for the condition, or failed to see the bike, both parties may share liability. In a wrongful death lawsuit arising from this type of accident, the jury will determine the total value of the harm suffered by the injured biker or the losses of the surviving family of the deceased biker. The jury will then apportion fault to each party based on their degree of negligence.
Comparative negligence is also used as a determining factor in informal settlement negotiations or formal mediation prior to trial. If the case proceeds to trial, the degree of fault determined by either or both parties will not be legally binding. When seeking compensation for injuries or losses arising from a motorcycle accident, it’s best for injured riders or their families to consult an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to ensure that their rights are protected.