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Motorcyclist dies in New Jersey crash

A New Jersey man who was accused of causing a fatal motorcycle accident on June 7 was charged after the incident. According to the report, the crash took place at the East Veterans Highway and South Hope Chapel Road intersection at approximately 6 p.m.

Authorities stated that the accused man, who is 38 years old, was traveling in a Ford Ranger when he attempted to make a left hand turn. He apparently turned into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, causing a collision. The motorcyclist, who was 28 years old, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries. The 38-year-old was charged with causing a death, driving with an uninsured vehicle and driving with a suspended driver's license. At the time the report was released, he remained in jail.

As the authorities were at the scene investigating the crash, another driver, who is 22 years old, reportedly drove into the blocked-off accident scene. She was taken into police custody and was charged with DWI, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Because of their small size, motorists often misjudge how far oncoming motorcycles are from them. As a result, some motorists may attempt to make a turn without realizing that the motorcycle is nearby, which could result in a fatal or injury-causing collision.

In this case, the motorcyclist's family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the motorist, especially if there is evidence that the motorist was driving carelessly or recklessly. By filing this claim, the family members may be able to seek compensation for any medical bills or other damages that stem from the accident.

Source: NJ.com, "Man with suspended license charged in fatal Jackson motorcycle crash, police say", Ashley Peskoe, June 08, 2014

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