In New Jersey, motorcyclists will soon be taking to roadways across the state to enjoy warmer temperatures. The state of New Jersey offers an abundance of scenic routes perfect for motorcycles. However, motorcycles can be more difficult to see than other vehicles, so motorists should always be on the lookout for them when traveling. Since motorcyclists are fully exposed to the elements, motorcycle accidents commonly result in very serious injuries or death.
An Elizabeth police officer was recently indicted after he struck and killed a motorcyclist. According to accident reports, the officer was off duty and driving a Jeep Wrangler when he collided with a motorcycle at an intersection. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and critically injured, reports said.
The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Authorities said the police officer was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to yield the right of way, in addition to other charges. He was recently indicted for one count of vehicle homicide in the second degree, vehicular homicide in the third degree and one count of vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of school property in the first degree, among others.
During the warmer months, motorcycle accidents typically increase dramatically. New Jersey residents should know that they have options at their disposal that can ease the pain and suffering involved with the death of a loved one in this type of accident. A successful lawsuit can result in compensation to help families with medical costs and end-of-life expenses.
Source: mycentraljersey.com, “Elizabeth police officer indicted in fatal motorcycle crash“, April 20, 2018