Two people riding the same motorcycle, a man and a woman, lost their lives in Mannington Township recently after their motorcycle collided with a car, according to an article at NJ.com.
The accident took place at the intersection of County Route 540/Welchville Road and County Route 653/Action Station Road, according to police reports. The motorcycle collided with a Ford Escape that was traveling through the intersection. The force of the crash threw both the motorcycle’s driver and passenger off the bike. They were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.
The driver of the Ford Escape did not see the motorcycle at the intersection, according to the police report. The motorcyclist had the right of way at the intersection, which required drivers on the car’s route to stop at a red light and wait until traffic on the crossing street had cleared.
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General estimates that over half of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, and that two-thirds of crashes involving a second vehicle occur because the driver of the second vehicle does not see the motorcycle until it is too late to prevent an accident.
Between 2010 and 2014, over 13,000 New Jersey roadway accidents have involved motorcycles. In 2014 alone, approximately 2,000 accidents occurred, claiming 62 lives and causing hundreds of injuries. Statistics indicate that motorcyclists who wear helmets, take safety classes to practice defensive driving and emergency maneuvers in controlled conditions, and commit to driving sober improve their chances of avoiding or surviving a crash–but no motorcyclist can control the behavior of other drivers on the road, who must also pay careful attention.
Intersections are some of the most dangerous locations for motorcyclists on New Jersey roads. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.