MOTORCYCLIST RECEIVES $2.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR INJURIES IN CRASH

A man who was driving a motorcycle when a passenger vehicle cut him off has recently settled for $2.5 million. Gary Trevena was driving on Dover-Chester Road in Randolph in the summer of 2014 when the accident occurred. Patricia Cammaratta was driving in the opposite direction and turned left in front of Trevena after it was too late for Trevena to avoid hitting Cammaratta, and the vehicles collided head-on. Trevena was thrown onto the car and then onto the pavement, which resulted in shattered vertebrae for Trevena. One of his legs was partially paralyzed, and the other was entirely paralyzed from the spinal injury which ensued. 

Crash was most common type for motorcycles

Passenger vehicles turning left too late in front of an oncoming motorcycle is the most common cause of motorcycle crashes. Since motorcycles present a smaller visual target than cars to other drivers, it can be difficult to gauge how fast a motorcycle is traveling. Even responsible motorcycle drivers are simply more at risk of being hurt on the road than drivers of passenger vehicles, and they are most often not the cause of a crash with a passenger vehicle. While motorcycles comprise only 3% of all vehicles on the road, they account for 14% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. Especially as weather gets warmer and more motorcyclists are on the road, it is important to be vigilant in watching for motorcycles, checking blind spots, and adjusting expectations when estimating an oncoming motorcycle's speed.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact experienced personal injury lawyers who can help ensure you're fully compensated for your claim. The law firm of Smith & Doran is available to provide knowledgeable, compassionate legal help for clients in and around Morristown, New Jersey, including Chatham, Morris Plains, Bernardsville, Stirling, Bergen County, Middlesex County, and Passaic County. For a free consultation on your motorcycle accident or personal injury claim, call 973-292-0016.

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