A 44-year-old Sommerville police officer was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when his Harley Davidson veered out of control. According to a news report in The Record, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred along the New Jersey Turnpike at the Hudson Bay Extension in Jersey City. Officials say it is not clear what caused the officer to lose control of the Harley. The Paramus man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and a female passenger was injured, but listed in stable condition. It does not appear that any other vehicles were involved, but an investigation is underway.
There are many potential causes of single-vehicle crashes. When a motorcycle is involved, investigators will first consider if the rider was exceeding the speed limit and if he or she was riding recklessly. There are, however, a number of other potential causes to consider. Motorcycles, for example, are often recalled for defective parts that can force the rider to lose control. It is imperative that the motorcycle is preserved in its damaged state for a thorough inspection by an expert. In addition, a dangerous roadway condition such as uneven pavement or potholes may also lead to a serious injury or fatal motorcycle accident.
It would be best for the family of an individual killed in a motorcycle crash to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced personal lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for their terrible loss.
The experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyers 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 consultation.