Teen drivers are by definition inexperienced behind the wheel, and just last month, one motorcyclist from Wharton paid with his life for one teenage girl's mistake while driving.
The fatal accident occurred in Jefferson, New Jersey, on June 20, at approximately 4:37 p.m., as the biker cruised along Route 15. He was heading south toward the intersection with Edison Road. At that point, the 46-year-old man encountered the 17-year-old driver, according to a press release by Jefferson's deputy police chief.
The police official stated, "All we know at this point is she made a left turn from the right lane striking the rider." It's not known if the teen was texting or talking on her cellphone at the time of the accident.
First responders on the scene included Jefferson Township Fire Co. No. 2. Also present at the scene were personnel from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and the Morris County Sheriff's Crime Scene Unit.
Emergency responders attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the collision's site. The mortally wounded motorcyclist was taken to St. Clare's Dover Hospital by the Jefferson Rescue Squad. He later died at the hospital.
Police continue to investigate the wreck, and charges may possibly be filed against the teen driver.
Whatever the outcome of any potential criminal case in an accident with injuries or deaths involving another at-fault driver, there is an additional path to justice for those who are injured or the survivors of the deceased.
Pursuing an at-fault driver in New Jersey's civil courts can sometimes bring economic relief in the form of a settlement or judgment if the matter goes to trial.
Source: NJ.com, "Motorcylist killed in Jefferson crash with teen driver," Ben Horowitz, NJ Advance Media, June 22, 2016