New Jersey motorcyclists are always at risk of being injured in a crash. Not only are they in jeopardy because of the lack of protection they are accorded when riding, but reckless drivers are a constant danger. This is true even if riders take all possible precautions by wearing protective equipment, ensuring that they have a helmet, are visible and predictable. Some of the worst accidents involve drivers of passenger vehicles who are under the influence.
Driver accused of being intoxicated after head-on collision with motorcycle
A New York City man was arrested after he turned his car in front of a motorcyclist in New Jersey, causing a head-on crash. The collision led to the motorcyclist being seriously injured and hospitalized. It occurred at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The male driver, 23, was operating a 2008 Acura. He turned into a driveway and went into the path of the 68-year-old rider. Upon investigating the accident, law enforcement found that the driver had marijuana. He also had drug paraphernalia. He was cited for driving while intoxicated. In addition, he failed to yield and was operating his vehicle recklessly. The rider was said to be in stable condition at the hospital.
Understanding the potential long-term consequences of a motorcycle accident
Motorcyclists will sing the praises of riding on the open road. It is an enjoyable activity in many ways and in general, they share the road safely with other motorists. Still, accidents happen and serious injuries result. Since a motorcyclist is inherently vulnerable, there can be road rash, broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, lost limbs and death. Recovery can take an extended period and the rider may never return to the same condition from before the crash. This can lead to enormous medical costs, the inability to work and the need for round the clock care.
A legal filing can help with recovering compensation
It is imperative for a motorcyclist to understand what steps to take after a collision. This is especially true if the other driver was under the influence, did not yield and was driving in a reckless manner. Gathering evidence is critical and having legal assistance from the start can help. Contacting a qualified firm with a history of assisting those who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents is the first step toward filing a claim.