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Motorcycle versus car accidents often end in tragedy

New Jersey residents who like to ride motorcycles are most likely aware of the risks that go along with it. They do not have the same protections as people in passenger cars, so any injuries suffered are often more severe. This might be the main reason that motorcycle versus car accidents often end in tragedy -- as one such accident recently did.

Police in the New Jersey township where the crash occurred report that a motorcycle rider was killed when an SUV careened into the bike. The motorcycle had been heading west at the time, and an eastbound SUV was coming toward it. For a reason not yet known to officials, the SUV moved into the westbound lane, which is where it slammed into the motorcycle. 

The 25-year-old man riding the motorcycle died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Waterford Township crash. The 30-year-old man driving the SUV survived the wreck with injuries severe enough to warrant being taken by helicopter to Cooper Trauma Center. His current condition is not known. No report was given as to whether the SUV driver will face any charges.

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased victim retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the surviving driver. If the motorcycle rider's family is able to establish that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of the SUV driver, the court may enter an award of damages often seen in these types of car accidents. Any restitution received could help with the financial impact of the loss of their loved one.

Source: 6abc.com, "Police identify motorcyclist killed in Atco, N.J. crash", Oct. 29, 2015

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