It is always a tragic occurrence when someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash or the nature of victim and his or her life. But sometimes, there are details about such an incident that make it even more difficult to bear. Unfortunately, a recent fatal motorcycle accident, in which a 32-year-old father was killed while participating in a charity bike ride, is one such situation.
In a decision that was widely tracked both in and outside of New Jersey, a judge has ruled that the sender of a text message cannot be held responsible for any accidents that take place as a result of the recipient's reading or responding to that text message.
On July 1, seven friends and members of New Jersey's 'Last Chance Motorcycle Club' were enjoying a motorcycle ride together when tragedy struck. A pickup truck driven by a highly intoxicated man collided directly into the group of motorcyclists. Ultimately, the motorcycle accident resulted in two fatalities and caused four of the bikers to be seriously injured. Only one escaped unharmed.
Earlier this week, a New Jersey police officer lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The officer, who was a member of the police force in Hamilton Township, approximately 70 miles south of Bergen County, was not on duty when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.
For those of us who do not ride motorcycles, helmets seem like a no-brainer (no pun intended). Riding a motorcycle is highly dangerous, after all, and helmets have been proven to save lives. However, long-time motorcyclists disagree, and claim that it is young, aggressive, inexperienced bikers who are causing motorcycle accidents and suffering injuries and fatalities as a result. "Why should the risky few ruin it for the rest of us?" these experienced riders ask. Yet, medical professionals and advocates say that the high financial cost of traumatic brain injuries and other common motorcycle injuries renders the lack of mandatory helmet laws a public health issue.
When a drunk driver causes a car accident, most people place the blame squarely on that driver. However, what if the driver got drunk at a bar, and was visibly intoxicated when the bartender allowed him to get in his vehicle and drive away? Should the driver be allowed to recover from the bar?