With summer now officially underway, motorcycle enthusiasts in New Jersey and all across the nation are eager to get out and enjoy the thrill of the open road. However, while riding a motorcycle can be very pleasurable, it is not without its risks unfortunately. Any vehicle can be involved in an accident but the severity of the injuries received by a biker may always be worse than for a person in a car due to their inherent lack of protection.
Sadly, there are today 10 bikers who provide fresh examples of this tragic fact. According to a report by CBS News, the motorcyclists were all part of a group that largely included members of the U.S. Marine Corps and their spouses. While riding along a stretch of Route 2 in New Hampshire, they collided with a pickup truck. No details have yet been provided as to what precipitated the collision.
The driver of the pickup was an employee of a transport company. He is said to have been uninjured. Seven of the bikers, however, died in the crash. Three more were taken to hospitals for care. Since the crash, which occurred on a Friday evening, two of the surviving motorcyclists have been discharged from the hospital. There are no details as to the condition of the third hospitalized rider.
Investigators will no doubt want to review facts for evidence of possible drug or alcohol use, speeding, distracted driving or some other factors that may have contributed to the accident. At this time, no charges have been filed in the matter.