New Jersey accident kills 1 bicyclist and injures another

Two New Jersey bicyclists were killed in a car crash on March 8 in Paramus. According to a representative of the Paramus Police Department, an investigation into the accident is ongoing at this time.

The car accident happened on Midland Avenue at about 4:50 a.m. as the cyclists were riding abreast on the roadway heading east. The driver, 38, of a Grand Cherokee, also heading east on Midland, hit the men. He was a resident of Passaic.

Both the 23-year-old and 24-year-old bicyclists were traveling to work at gas stations in Paramus. The younger bicyclist suffered a head injury and died at about 5 p.m. the same day at a Hackensack hospital, according to officials. The older bicyclist is described as suffering injuries to his body and head. According to a prosecutor's office representative in Bergen County, no charges had been filed as of the time of this report.

Motorists, as in this case, do not easily see bicyclists, particularly when it is dark. Driving at an appropriate speed to accommodate others on the road is an important way to operate a motor vehicle safely. When a motorist fails to take this precaution or drives while distracted, he or she may be considered negligent. If the motorist was impaired and someone is killed because of it, the motorist may incur criminal charges.

Regardless of whether the motorist is charged criminally, the family of someone who is killed by a driver's negligent behavior may wish to file a wrongful death suit to recover the cost of end of life expenses and the lost income the decedent may have provided to the family.

An attorney may assist the family by reviewing accident data to determine fault. The attorney may offer guidance into filing a civil suit against the driver.

Source: NorthJersey.com, "Paramus bicyclist dies after hit by Jeep," Mary Diduch, March 9, 2015

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