Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable on New Jersey’s twisting and hilly roads. A recent collision in Hardyston township demonstrates the high degree of vulnerability that motorcyclists face in collisions with larger vehicles.
The motorcyclist was riding east on Route 94 in Hardyston Township when a pickup truck headed in the opposite direction inexplicably crossed the double yellow center line and hit the motorcycle head on. The cyclist died at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was treated for minor injuries at the scene. When police searched him, they found heroin. The man was charged for drug possession but no other charges have been filed. The diver has been released pending a hearing in state superior court.
According to New Jersey’s wrongful death statute, a person whose negligent conduct caused injury or death to another person is liable for wrongful death damages to the spouse and other family members of the victim. In this case, the pickup truck driver appears to be negligent because the accident occurred when his pickup truck crossed the no passing line. The possibility that the man was disabled by heroin also adds to evidence of fault.
Pursuing a wrongful death claim
Anyone who has lost a loved one under similar circumstances may obtain essential assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, provide an opinion on the likelihood of prevailing in an action to recover damages, and represent the persons seeking damages in a trial if the parties are unable to reach a settlement before trial begins.