Motorcyclist Critically Injured in New Jersey Crash

A 73-year-old Flanders man is in critical condition after he was injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident. According to a news report in The New Jersey Herald, the motorcycle crash occurred on Route 206 near the Harmony Lodge in Andover Township. Officials say a 38-year-old woman stopped to turn left when her 2013 Ford Escape was struck in the rear by a 1999 BMW motorcycle. The rider was ejected, critically injured, and airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver of the SUV was treated and released. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Motorcycles provide little to no protection for their riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you have a 75 percent chance of being injured. In New Jersey, there are about 70 deaths and 2,000 injuries reported annually as a result of motorcycle accidents. Over half of these injury accidents occur at intersections, over two-thirds involve drivers who did not see the motorcyclist and the majority of them involve excessive speed.

Here are some of the steps that can help prevent motorcycle accidents:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Get proper training
  • Ride sober
  • Using extra caution when entering a turn
  • Leave plenty of space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you
  • Wear bright clothing
  • Avoid all other distractions
  • If you are involved in a New Jersey motorcycle crash, make sure you learn about your legal rights and options. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning potential, the cost of rehabilitation services and other related damages.