A Pennsylvania man whose pride and joy was his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail will rest in peace buried in its sidecar, according to a recent USA Today article.
The 89-year-old man, who passed away due to cancer recently, had made plans to be buried in the sidecar of his beloved motorcycle in lieu of a traditional casket. He even reached out to a funeral home run by fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, who were happy to figure out how to grant the man’s final wish. The funeral home also has three motorcycle hearses available, which may also be used in the funeral.
After working for 42 years as a welder at Bethlehem Steel, the man bought the 1990 Harley-Davidson with funds from his retirement bonus. His family says that he was a true motorcycle enthusiast.
One of the challenges of presenting many motorcycle accident cases in court is expressing the particular details and experiences of motorcycle riding to a judge or jury who may never have had the chance to fall in love with the road. Instead, an experienced attorney must work to overcome certain popular false stereotypes about motorcyclists, such as that they are “daredevils” who take unreasonable risks.
In fact, over two-thirds of accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle in New Jersey are caused by inattention on the part of the other vehicle’s driver, not by any carelessness on the part of the motorcyclist. Most motorcyclists take safety seriously and practice driving in ways that minimize or avoid accidents–but no motorcyclist can control the behavior of others on the road.
People who love motorcycles understand the joy of riding–and the risks of sharing the road with drivers who don’t use sufficient care to pay attention or to prevent accidents. If you’re injured in a crash, don’t wait: Contact an experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.