West Windsor, NJ – Multi-Vehicle Accident with Injuries on Old Trenton Rd near Mercer County ParkNY/NJ Legal News
West Windsor, NJ (April 6, 2023) – An emergency response was issued to the scene of a car crash in West Windsor on the evening of Tuesday, April 4. At approximately 7:34 p.m., the Hamilton Township Police Division and Robbinsville Township Fire Department assisted in the emergency response.
A motorcyclist involved in the accident was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Information provided by the West Windsor Police Department shows the motor vehicle accident happened on Old Trenton Road near Mercer County Park.
Initial reports found a 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was headed north on Old Trenton Road when it rear-ended a 2004 Freightliner Tractor. The bike then continued into the southbound lanes of Old Trenton Road and hit a 2019 Toyota Highlander.
The motorcyclist was thrown into the southbound lane of traffic. Currently, they have not been identified. The motorcycle, unmanned, was then struck by another vehicle when it re-entered the northbound lanes of traffic.
The motorcyclist was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center with significant injuries. The driver of the vehicle that was hit by the bike without the motorcyclist on it sustained injuries and was also transported to Capital Health Regional with injuries.
No one involved has been identified at this time. Authorities in West Windsor continue to investigate.
We hope for the full and fast recovery of those with injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents in New Jersey
The main cause of New Jersey motorcycle crashes is the drivers of passenger vehicles failing to notice the rider. This normally suggests they were acting negligently by failing to check their blind spots before making a lane change, pay attention to their surroundings, or use their turn signal before making a turn. In these situations, it simply is not possible for a motorcyclist to react in time to prevent a crash. The blame for that is appropriately placed on the other driver.
Statistics tracked by the New Jersey government highlight the fact that there were over 50 motorcycle collisions in 2018 that were fatal for the biker. These accidents and other non-fatal collisions involving motorcyclists were caused by several different problems. Nearly half of all motorcycle crashes happen at intersections. In actuality, almost 70% of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers who fail to see the motorcycle rider.
While a percentage of motorcycle accidents are undoubtedly caused by amateur riders or issues navigating a treacherous curve in the roadway, a far greater percentage of accidents are caused by negligent drivers on the roadway.
For instance, many motorcycle crashes are the result of drivers under the influence. These incidents sometimes involve motorcyclists under the influence, but the overwhelming majority are caused by the driver of the other vehicle. Even though alcohol is a common factor in severe New Jersey motorcycle accidents, it is just one of many causes.
Similar to alcohol, speed is a common factor in motorcycle collisions. If the driver of a passenger vehicle was speeding, they can be held responsible for their recklessness. If the motorcyclist was also speeding, it will be considered a contributing factor but not necessarily the defining cause of the accident.
Other frequent causes of motorcycle crashes include traffic violations, such as texting behind the wheel, failing to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, and failure to yield.
At Metro Law, we will launch a thorough investigation into your West Windsor motorcycle accident and consult with occupational and medical professionals in order to verify the damages you have sustained.
Contact our New Jersey motorcycle crash lawyers at (800) 469-6476 to explore legal options available for you.