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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Goes to Court in New Jersey

A New Jersy man was charged with death by auto when he ran into the back of a motorcycle, killing the motorcycle driver.

The motorcycle driver was a Pennsylvania man who was stopped at a light in the early morning hours on July 31, 2010. The driver of the auto claims that the motorcylce driver’s foot was off the brake, so that a small running light on the back of the bike was the only visible sign that he had stopped at the light.

According to NJ.com, the attorney for the driver of the car plans to recreate the conditions of the crash scene so an expert can determine the visibility on the road the night of the crash.

The driver of the car faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. A superior court judge is expected to rule on a motion by the driver’s attorney to suppress evidence that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Tests show the driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.066, which is under the 0.08 level for drunk driving in New Jersey.

This tragic accident is a reminder that we must be on the lookout for motorcycles that share the road with us. This time of year, motorcyclists take to the road by the thousands. It’s always best to take an extra minute to look around before changing lanes and before making turns, as motorcycles can sometimes be difficult to spot. If you or someone you know is a motorcycle rider who has been injured in an accident, you may have a case. Contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.