A biker was tragically killed in a fatal motorcycle accident on a roadway in Newton, New Jersey.
The motorcycle crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on September 25, 2016 in front of Hayek’s Market in Newton, NJ. A 48-year-old Rockaway NJ man was driving his 2014 Volkswagen Passat on Water Street and headed southbound when he suddenly had to swerve in order to avoid a Camry traveling northbound on the same road. The Volkswagen reportedly entered the opposite lane of travel and colliding with a motorcycle.
The biker, a 54-year-old man who lived in Stillwater NJ, was ejected from the bike and crashed into a stone wall located just off the roadway. Paramedics from Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville NJ rushed to the accident scene and subsequently transported the injured motorcyclist to Newton Medical Center. Tragically, emergency room doctors at the Newton hospital were unable to save the victim; he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The Camry was reportedly driven by a 67-year-old-Hackettstown woman. The Newton Police Department later indicated that the Hackettstown motorist may have caused the accident by failing to yield to the Volkswagen while attempting to make a turn onto Mill Street.
Newton NJ police investigated the accident and eventually determined that the two motorists should be cited for traffic violations in connection with the fatal crash. The Hackettstown driver has been cited for a right of way violation, while the Rockaway driver was ticketed for failure to maintain lane.
Of course, traffic tickets could be least of the motorists’ concerns. That’s because NJ law allows family members of people killed as a result of the negligent actions of others to file wrongful death claims and seek monetary compensation for their loss. When it comes to the viability of a wrongful death claim stemming from a fatal auto accident, a major factor is whether there is evidence of negligence on the part of the other motorist.
For additional information, read the NJ Herald article, “Traffic Violations Issued in Connection with Fatal Motorcycle Accident.”
If you or someone you love was seriously injured, or killed, in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, you should contact a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer who is passionate about fighting for the rights of injured bikers. Andrew S. Prince of Team Law will help you get compensation and justice for your loss.