Danny Palma of East Hanover, New Jersey Seriously Injured In Car Accident While Riding Motorcycle
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (October 11, 2021) – A motorcyclist identified as Danny Palma of East Hanover was critically injured after being hit head-on by a truck.
New Jersey police officials are saying that the accident took place on Sunday, September 19th. Danny Palma was riding his motorcycle when he was hit head-on by a truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Danny Palma was airlifted to the Westchester Medical Center in New York.
Surgeons worked on him for three days and his condition has stabilized. However, the surgeries and medical procedures have been very expensive up to this point.
Danny Palma graduated from Montclair State University in 2018. He has lived in East Hanover his whole life. He runs P&D Auto in Rockaway and helps his father with the family owned business.
A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Morris County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are uniquely vulnerable in collisions due to their small profile and lack of protection. They are also more vulnerable to hazardous weather and road conditions. Potholes are typically small annoyances for drivers in passenger vehicles. But they can be lethal hazards for motorcycle riders. The NHTSA, estimates that 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2019 alone. There are many factors that could potentially contribute to drivers hitting motorcyclists.
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of collisions that a person can be involved in. They account for only around 2% of all collisions but nearly 11% of all traffic fatalities. New Jersey law prohibits drivers from crossing “No Passing” lines, which is often how head-on collisions take place. According to New Jersey Motor Vehicle & Traffic Regulation 39:4-86, “the driver of a vehicle shall not cross an appropriately marked “No Passing” line in a “No Passing” zone duly established pursuant to a duly promulgated regulation of the State Highway Commissioner.” Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a collision could extend beyond a negligent driver.
Generally speaking, commercial drivers are held to a heightened standard in terms of safety. They must get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and pass a knowledge and skills test. If a motorcyclist is hit by a commercial truck, the company that they work for could be held at fault. Companies in New Jersey can be held vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the scope and course of their job duties. Many truck companies will often try to evade liability for collisions by hiring drivers as independent contractors. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Even if a motorcycle accident victim recovers physically from an accident they often suffer severe PTSD. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of another driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Morris County Motorcycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Danny Palma as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Was the truck driver involved in this crash distracted? Were they fatigued? Is there a history of accidents along the road where the crash took place? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional tragedies like this.