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Motorcyclist Killed in Pittsgrove Township Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 24, 2014

A 32-year-old Bridgeton man was killed in a New Jersey traffic accident when a car pulled in front of two motorcycles. According to a news report in The South Jersey Times, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the 700 block of Porchtown Road in Pittsgrove Township. Officials say a 22-year-old Vineland man pulled into the wrong driveway and was attempting to back out and turn around as two motorcycles approached. Only one of the motorcyclists was able to avoid the collision. The 32-year-old motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

New Jersey law is very clear when it comes to who has the right of way when a vehicle emerges from a private driveway. According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-66 (b): “The operator of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway, garage, or private road or driveway, shall stop the vehicle immediately prior to entering or crossing a highway, and shall proceed to enter or cross the highway only after yielding the right of way to the traffic on the highway.”

It is the responsibility of all New Jersey drivers to only enter traffic when it is safe to do so. Motorists who enter the roadway from a private driveway, parking lot, or alley without yielding the right of way put themselves and others in danger. These types of accidents often involve motorcycles because they are smaller than passenger vehicles and easier to overlook. Motorists have a responsibility to consciously look for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and constantly remember to share the roadway with other commuters.

The experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have a long and successful track record representing the rights of those who have lost loved ones in car accidents. Please contact us (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help you during these difficult and challenging times.

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