equences of a motorcycle accident, in most cases, are serious. Studies
have found that over half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve another
vehicle. The majority of the time, the car, or truck driver, not the motorcyclist,
is at fault. An all too common occurrence in the
valley, is when a person in a car or truck follows a motorcyclist too closely,
fails to pay attention, and then causes a rear end motorcycle accident.
When this occurs, it frequently results in the motorcycle rider's
death. Part of the problem is that motorcyclists often slow by downshifting
or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light.
Therefore, it is critical that car and truck drivers that are driving
behind a motorcyclist follow at a very safe distance. Recently, a rear
end motorcycle accident case went to trial in New Jersey that resulted
in a substantial verdict in favor of the injured rider. Steve Vissagio
was riding his motorcycle in 2010 when he was rear ended by pick up truck.
The rear end collision caused Vissagio serious life altering injuries.
He sustained permanent spinal, neck, and shoulder injuries. The severity
of his injuries have made running his home improvement business much more
difficult. The jury returned a verdict after hearing four days of testimony
in the rear end motorcycle accident case. Surprisingly, the insurer refused
Vissaggio's offer to settle the case for $250,000. Nor did they make
any offer in an attempt to resolve the litigation.