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Atco man airlifted to hospital after car-motorcycle wreck

A collision between a motorcycle and a 1991 Plymouth passenger vehicle on New Jersey's Route 42 on the evening of April 8 resulted in the 22-year-old motorcycle operator being airlifted to an area hospital with multiple open compound fractures. According to police, the motorcycle-car accident occurred when the man on the motorcycle, an Atco resident, was on the stretch of the highway known as Black Horse Pike and collided with the Plymouth that had entered the left turn lane at Georgia Avenue.

The force of impact reportedly sent the motorcyclist sliding nearly 70 feet before coming to a stop in front of a business in the 1900 block of the highway, and the Plymouth came to rest over 45 feet from the initial impact site. The 73-year-old from Williamstown who was driving the passenger vehicle declined medical care but reported arm pain due to the airbag, according to authorities, while a juvenile in the vehicle reported head pain.

Police are currently investigating the collision and indicate that charges may be filed pending completion of the investigation. While the approximately 55 feet of skid marks left behind by the motorcycle's tires prior to the impact seems to suggest that the motorcyclist made an earnest effort to avoid the wreck, it is unclear who was initially at fault.

In collisions between cars and motorcycles, the individual operating the motorcycle is at a distinct disadvantage due to the sheer difference in mass and weight between the two vehicles as well as the lack of built-in safety features that most passenger vehicles have. Consequently, the motorcycle operator could be left with potentially debilitating injuries and astronomical medical expenses. A New Jersey personal injury lawyer may be able to secure compensation for these expenses and pain and suffering by demonstrating that the other driver was negligent.

Source: NJ.com, "Atco man injured in Monroe Township motorcycle-car crash," April 9, 2013

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