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Motorcyclist Killed in New Jersey Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 19, 2013

A 26-year-old Iselin man was killed in a motorcycle accident when his vehicle collided with a 2009 Toyota. According to The Journal News, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Route 301. Officials say the victim’s 2007 Kawasaki crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic. It is unclear why the driver lost control or why the other motorist was unable to avoid the collision. The New Jersey motorcyclist was killed in the crash and the six occupants of the Toyota, many of them children, were treated and released.

The first step of any investigation into a motorcycle accident is to determine if driver error was a contributing factor. Was the motorist speeding, intoxicated, or otherwise negligent? It is important, however, to consider other possible causes. Some motorcycle accidents result not from operator error but from a mechanical malfunction.

There are many motorcycles and motorcycle parts that have been recalled in recent years. For example, many Kawasaki Ninja models from the year 2007 were recalled for fuel tank leaks. Kawasaki Ninjas from 2007 and 2008 were recalled for a defective valve cover gasket. Kawasaki recalled Vulcan 900 models from 2006 to 2008 for defective fire and explosion hazards. Even the safest, most skilled motorcyclist can lose control if a part of the motorcycle is defective.

Operator error and defective parts are not the only potential causes of motorcycle accidents. When a motorcycle crosses double yellow lines, it is important to review if another motorist forced him or her into oncoming traffic or if a hazardous roadway condition contributed to the crash. It is common for drivers to change lanes into motorcyclists without properly checking their blind spots. It is also possible for motorcycles to veer out of control after making contact with a dangerous roadway condition such as a pothole or uneven surface.

Anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. stay abreast of official investigations to ensure that the victims’ family members get the support they need. To review your potential claim at absolutely no cost, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040.

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