Riding a motorcycle doesn't come without dangers. A motorcycle is slim and streamlined, designed to move swiftly against the wind and other forces. The problem with that is that it can make a motorcycle harder to see. Even with headlights, it can be hard for other drivers to recognize a motorcycle, since there is only one light instead of two like on most vehicles. Despite this, drivers have a responsibility to recognize and avoid hitting motorcyclists. That isn't what happened in this sad case out of New Jersey.
A firefighter working in New Jersey was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident recently. The man, father to two sons, was traveling at the border of Clinton and Lebanon Townships when the accident happened.
The 33-year-old man was at the intersection of Main Street and Route 22 east when he collided with a sports-utility vehicle being driven by a 28-year-old woman. Emergency crews from Annandale and the Lebanon fire department attended the scene around 9:00 p.m. They were joined by the White House Rescue Squad and paramedics coming from the local Hunterdon Medical Center.
While this crash is still being investigated, the county prosecutor indicated that the driver may be at fault; he stated the importance of drivers remembering that motorcyclists are more likely to be on the roads and are entitled to be on the roads as much as other vehicles. Because of a motorcycle's low profile, it can be harder to see, but that doesn't excuse a driver who collides with one. If someone is hit because of a driver failing to see a motorcycle, that victim or his or her family can still pursue a claim against the driver.
Source: NJ.com, "N.J. firefighter killed in tragic motorcycle accident," Craig Turpin, NJ Advance Media, Aug. 05, 2016