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Serious Traffic Accident in Upper Freehold Remains Under Police Investigation

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 4, 2022

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Upper Freehold Township, NJ (March 3rd, 2022) – According to the Public Information Unit from the New Jersey State Police, State Troopers responded to the scene of an accident that happened in Upper Freehold Township just after 4:20 p.m. on CR 524, milepost 11.03.

According to preliminary reports, a Toyota Rav4 was heading north on CR 43 at the time of the accident. At this time, a motorcyclist was heading eastbound on CR 524. When the Toyota entered the intersection of CR 43 and CR 524, the vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist has been identified as 60-year-old Victor J. Runner from Millstone, New Jersey. Mr. Runner sustained serious injuries in the collision and was rushed to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

The collision remains under police investigation. The condition of the other driver is not known at this time. No other details are available at this time.

It is no secret that riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than driving a full-sized vehicle. What may come as a shock, however, is that many motorcycle-related traffic accidents are caused as a result of motorcycle rider negligence.

Motorcycle riders can be held legally responsible for the injuries and losses associated with a traffic accident they caused as a result of their negligence. Like all other drivers on the road, motorcyclists have a legal duty to ride safely and reasonably responsible. They must operate their vehicle in a manner that prevents injuring themselves and others. Regrettably, motorcyclists are notorious for driving recklessly and this places many people at risk of serious harm.

According to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a time when motorcycle vehicles accounted for 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the country, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic-related deaths. This data serves to demonstrate that motorcyclists do not always use good judgment when on the road.

For the most part, motorcyclists are likely to operate their vehicles at high rates of speed. Although motorcycle accidents can happen at any speed, the speed of the vehicle prior to an accident can drastically affect the consequences and severity of the accident. It is worth noting that speeding does not always indicate speeding above speed limits. Reckless speeding can also happen whenever a motorcyclist drives too fast for road or weather conditions. Whenever this occurs, the rider risks his or her safety as well as the well-being of those he or she shares the road with.

When speeding is not a contributing factor to a motorcycle accident, it is likely that driver intoxication will be. Motorcyclist intoxication is sadly a common factor in many motorcycle accidents. According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, alcohol is known to impair several psychomotor skills, which are key to operating a motorcycle safely. The department’s report goes on to state that alcohol increases the risk of a fatal motorcycle accident, more than any other type of vehicle operation.

Motorcyclists that operate their vehicles erratically also typically cause preventable traffic accidents. Erratic driving can involve swerving in between traffic lanes, failing to ride at a safe distance from other vehicles, driving alongside other vehicles in a manner that is illegal, and making left-hand turns without first checking if there are oncoming vehicles.

Dangerous behaviors committed by reckless motorcyclists pose such a great risk to other drivers these riders share the road with. When a motorcycle collides with another vehicle, the impact of the collision can cause great bodily harm to those in the other vehicle just as much as to the rider himself or herself. Depending on the speeds involved, where the motorcyclist collided with the vehicle, and the type of motor vehicle involved, the resulting consequences of an impact can be devastating. Generally, traffic accidents involving motorcycles can cause injuries including broken bones, internal organ damage, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and devastating burn injuries. In catastrophic accidents, the motorcycle-involved accident can result in the victim’s death.

Whenever a motorcyclist causes the injury of an innocent person, the injured party has the legal right to pursue compensation from the negligent party when certain eligibility requirements are met. In general, those injured in a traffic accident in the State of New Jersey do not have to prove liability in order to obtain monetary compensation for their injuries. Instead, injured parties can receive compensation through their personal insurer to pay for accident-related expenses, such as medical bills. When the accident results in catastrophic injuries, however, the party that caused the accident may be court-ordered to pay the victim the monetary compensation they deserve for their long-lasting injuries.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a traffic accident caused by a negligent motorcyclist, take swift action and obtain the support of a well-versed personal injury attorney. Motorcyclists are notorious for operating their vehicles unsafely and in a manner that places others at risk of serious harm. After you have been injured as a consequence of a reckless motorcycle rider, you will need the legal guidance and support of a skilled attorney who will advocate for your right to the highest monetary compensation available.

The proficient legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is highly skilled in a variety of traffic accidents, including those caused by negligent motorcyclists. With many years of experience handling these types of accidents, the law firm is equipped to handle the complexities of motorcycle accident cases to ensure your legal needs are met and that your rights and interests are upheld throughout the case.

When you have been injured by a negligent party, do not allow your medical bills and other accident-related costs to pile up. Instead, allow the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to champion on your behalf. Consider calling the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. You can also schedule a consultation by completing the online contact form here.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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