A 42-year-old man was killed recently in motorcycle accident when the bike he was riding struck a curb. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at a K-Mart parking lot on Route 38 in Moorestown, NJ. For unknown reasons, the man lost control of the motorcycle. The report does not specify if the man had a motorcycle license, if the motorcycle was properly maintained, or if another motorist caused the rider to veer out of the way and lose control.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,553 motorcycle riders were killed in the United States in the year 2005. Despite making up only 2.5 percent of all registered vehicles and accounting for only 0.4 percent of all vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists account for 10.5 percent of all traffic fatalities. These statistics proves just how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be. During that year, 44 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents were single-vehicle crashes.
The most common cause of single-vehicle Princeton motorcycle accident lawyers is driver error or negligence. It is a mistake, however, to assume that a rider is solely responsible for a fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crash. Very often, we find that a dangerous roadway or a defective part could also cause a serious injury or fatal motorcycle crash. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in its damaged state and to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to learn about the legal options available to them.
The skilled Princeton motorcycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to assess liability for an accident and how to pursue financial compensation for a family that has suffered the loss of their loved one in a motorcycle crash. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey motorcycle crash, please contact our law office to schedule a free consultation today.