Glen Rock, NJ – Motorcycle Officer Seriously Injured by Road Defect on Rt 208NY/NJ Legal News
Glen Rock, NJ (July 05, 2022) – A police officer from Teaneck sustained critical injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle after it struck a defective portion of the roadway on Route 208 on Sunday, July 3rd.
The 59-year-old resident of Rochelle Park was riding northbound in the area of De Boer Drive when he rode over a faulty expansion joint at about 3:00 p.m.
Officers shut down the highway and provided first aid before EMTs from the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps took over. The patient was then transported to Hackensack University Medical Center in critical condition.
The northbound lanes of Route 208 remained shut down for over two hours before the New Jersey Department of Transportation finished the necessary repairs.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Accidents Caused by Road Defects in New Jersey
Accidents involving roadway defects can be far more complex than other vehicle accident cases depending on who is liable. If you are trying to collect compensation from an insurance carrier, a lawyer can help you see a favorable outcome to settlement negotiations. Insurance companies want to protect their bottom line, however, having a lawyer relentlessly advocating for you means they are not able to resort to underhanded tactics designed to allow them to lowball you on the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Based on the kind of accident you were in and the type of defect that caused it, a private business, third-party construction crew, or government agency could bear liability for a road defect. These entities, particularly government agencies, have a responsibility to ensure that the state’s roadways are safe and properly maintained for drivers.
Be forewarned that holding any of these parties accountable for financial compensation, the government, in particular, is a notoriously complex and difficult process and not one that should be undertaken alone.
The majority of traffic accidents are caused by one or more motorists exhibiting negligent or reckless conduct behind the wheel, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, or speeding.
A road defect accident is different, usually due to insufficient infrastructure maintenance, poor road design, or poor road conditions. Road defects usually appear when a town, city, county, state, municipality, or even the federal government, fails to adequately maintain roadways.
This failure produces dangerous conditions that can contribute to or cause serious car accidents. Some common road defects that often lead to New Jersey car accidents include:
- Dangerous roadway design
- Improper roadway construction
- Lack of road signs
- Overgrown foliage
- Malfunctioning or broken traffic lights
- Insufficient lighting
- Insufficient safety features like missing guardrails
- Roadway debris
- Poor drainage causing issues with standing water
- Insufficient crosswalks
The government might not be the only entity liable for road defects. Construction crews that use improper or poor construction methods or cut corners can also cause road defects.
Over the years, Metro Law’s team of responsive and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys in New Jersey has helped thousands of claimants get the justice and compensation they deserve for their legal claims. Our team has fought aggressively on behalf of accident victims to ensure their legal rights are protected after being harmed in preventable collisions throughout the state.
Our team works diligently to help victims hold those at fault accountable and collect the maximum amount of compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and various other damages resulting from their accidents. If you were injured in a collision, through no fault of your own, contact our roadway defect lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.