A 61-year-old man was injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when tire debris made him lose control of his vehicle. According to a news report in The South Jersey Times, the motorcycle crash occurred just north of exit 18 in West Deptford on I-295. Officials say a vehicle in front of the motorcyclist ran over a piece of tire left in the road. The tire then struck the motorcyclist, causing him to crash. He sustained facial and internal injuries. It is unclear how long the debris had been on the highway.
Roadway debris is unsafe for all motorists, but motorcyclists are particular susceptible to losing control in a debris-related crash. Motorcyclists who are struck by flying debris, or who run over debris that is lying in the roadway, can easily suffer serious injuries.
Debris accidents often involve large pieces of cargo that fall from trailers, truck beds, and rooftops. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-64: “No person shall throw or drop any bundle, object, article or debris of any nature from a vehicle whether in motion or not when such vehicle is on a highway.” Drivers who drop or throw debris can be held accountable for the damages they cause.
If you have been injured in a debris-related motorcycle accident in New Jersey, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your losses. When it cannot be determined who was responsible for the crash, it may be possible to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s own auto insurance policy. An experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to guide injured victims through what can be an extremely challenging claims process.