Motorcyclists Killed in Separate Accidents
Two motorcyclists, including a New Jersey man, were killed in separate accidents on September 15. According to a news report in The Journal News, one fatal crash occurred on Bear Mountain Parkway in Cortlandt and the other occurred on Route 9W in Haverstraw. In the Cortlandt collision, a 43-year-old man was killed when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle. In the Haverstraw accident, investigators are trying to determine if the 76-year-old North Bergen motorcyclist suffered a medical emergency before crashing into a 20-foot brick structure.
Motorcycle riding is simply not as safe as traveling in a larger vehicle. There is no metal frame to protect riders, no seat belts to secure them in place, and no airbags to cushion their bodies. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile traveled in 2004, motorcycle riders were about 34 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash. Even riders who are wearing their helmets often do not have enough protection to prevent serious or fatal traumatic brain injuries.
While they do not prevent all fatal head injuries, motorcycle helmets are crucial to the safety of all New Jersey motorcycle riders. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of more than 1,600 motorcycle riders in 2011. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash, the wrongful death attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein are here to help. We provide free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a New Jersey motorcycle crash. We help families receive financial support for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages.
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