West Milford – Man Awarded $2.65M in Pothole-Prompted Motorcycle Crash
A Newton man was awarded $2.65 million four years after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in West Milford.
67 year-old Roger Gates was traveling on Oak Ridge Road when his motorcycle struck several potholes and collided into the back of a van April 14, 2016.
Gates is no longer able to work after he sustained serious upper-body injuries from the crash, which included fractured ribs, a fractured back a collapsed lung, torn neck ligaments, and nerve damage to his bladder. The injuries caused Gates to go under several operations.
A verdict was given by a six-member jury in Passaic County Superior Court on January 31.
In addition to the $2.65 million, Gates will also be given $756,000 for the reimbursement of medical expenses.
We would like to send our sympathies to Mr. Gates. We hope he continues on his road to recovery.
Motorcycle crashes is another common cause of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities. Of these 591 crashes, there were 81 fatal crashes involving 86 motorcycles.
In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.
We urge motor riders to observe and follow the laws while riding on the roadways, and to remain focused while on the road so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Riders should be more careful when riding while visibility is low, and they should also check their motorcycles before going on the roadway, as incorrect tire pressure can make a motorcycle’s handling extremely bad. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.
If someone you care about was killed or severely injured in an accident, there may be a lot going through your head. The NJ injury attorneys of Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have helped people like you fight for justice. We will discuss all of your legal options with you, free of charge. Call (973) 364-8300 to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Note: This blog reports on the types of cases our firm has extensive experience handling. It is painful to learn of the prevalence of these serious accidents, and it is our sincere hope that future catastrophes can be avoided. Our blog posts are written from scouring recent news stories. As more information is revealed, these stories may be updated. If the information in this blog article is outdated or false, please let us know so we can add updates or corrections.
Disclaimer: By showing the frequency of these serious accidents, Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers hopes that more will be done to prevent them. Another aim is to give readers information that can be used to help them reduce the likelihood they are involved in a serious accident. Content on our blog is not legal advice.