A 62-year-old man was recently killed in a New Jersey car accident when his motorcycle collided with a car that was making an illegal U-turn. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Route 94 in Sussex County. Officials say the man was traveling south on his 2003 Harley Davidson when it crashed into a southbound 2007 Ford Expedition that was making a U-turn. The 42-year-old driver of the SUV has been cited for making an illegal turn and for careless driving.
Under New Jersey law, it is illegal to make a U-turn where there are signs specifically stating that motorists may not make U-turn. Even at locations where it is legal, the law requires motorists to exercise due care and caution, properly yield the right of way to oncoming motorists, and turn only when it is safe to do so.
Very often, we see that motorcyclists are struck by vehicles making left or U-turns because drivers of larger vehicles such as cars, trucks, or SUVs do not consciously look for motorcyclists at street intersections. In such cases where negligent or reckless driving is involved, families of New Jersey fatal car accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and other damages.
The motorcycle crash attorneys in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of successfully handling motorcycle accidents in New Jersey. If you have suffered a loss in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.