A 61-year-old Sewaren man was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when his vehicle struck a concrete barrier near a bridge embankment. According to a report by The Woodbridge Patch, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Route 440 near the Route 9 turnoff and Parkway entrance in Woodbridge. Officials say the motorcyclist had to swerve to avoid another vehicle and struck the concrete barrier. He was fatally injured in the crash. Officials have not been able to locate the other car’s driver and there is no vehicle description available. It is unclear if officials are treating this fatal motorcycle crash as a hit-and-run accident or as a single-vehicle crash.
A driver does not have to strike another vehicle to be held responsible for a crash. Forcing a vehicle to crash by failing to yield the right-of-way or by making a dangerous lane change is considered driver negligence, regardless of whether there is a collision. Therefore, drivers who cause a vehicle to crash are legally required to remain at the crash site under New Jersey hit-and-run laws. Leaving the scene of a crash where there was no contact is known as a “non-contact hit-and-run.”
The family of someone killed in a hit-and-run accident may have it in their best interest to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A skilled attorney can advise a family about how to pursue compensation for their terrible loss whether or not the at-fault driver is found by the authorities.
The fatal motorcycle crash attorneys in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping motorcyclists and their families receive fair compensation following an accident. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help you.