Fire Chief Killed in New Jersey Motorcycle Crash
A 52-year-old volunteer fire chief was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when a 1995 Honda Accord struck his 2003 Suzuki GSX. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, there is now a roadside memorial at Cedar Bridge and Arlington avenues in Lakewood where the fatal crash took place the afternoon of August 10, 2014. Officials say the 28-year-old car driver was changing lanes and did not see the victim until it was too late.
The fire chief was ejected from his motorcycle upon collision and sustained head injuries and other wounds. He was pronounced dead at the Kimball Medical Center. It is unclear if the driver of the Accord will face charges, but the investigation is ongoing.
Under the law, drivers may only change lanes when it is safe to do so. New Jersey statute 39:4-88B states: “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.”
It is all too common for drivers to change lanes without checking their side view mirror or looking ahead to see if a lane change is even possible. Drivers who fail to look before changing lanes will likely strike a nearby vehicle. These types of accidents often involve motorcycles because they are small and easy to overlook.
Motorists who fail to look before changing lanes because they are distracted, intoxicated or speeding can be held accountable for their negligence. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal New Jersey motorcycle accident, it may be time to research your legal options. Financial support may be available for you and your family through a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. An experienced New Jersey accident lawyer can help you explore your legal rights.
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