• June 20, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Garbage Truck Accident on St. Georges Avenue in Woodbridge Township, NJ

Woodbridge Township, NJ -- June 16, 2022, one person was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle and a garbage truck crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of St. Georges Avenue and Middle Hill Road.

According to officials, a Colonia man was on a motorcycle traveling southbound along St. Georges. At Middle Hill, reports say a Waste Industries garbage truck attempted to turn onto northbound St. Georges. Doing so, the motorcycle and garbage truck collided.

The motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital for surgery. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Motorcycle Garbage Truck Accident on St. Georges in Woodbridge

If what the reports say here is true, then it's clearly serious to find out exactly how a truck driver failed to see a motorcyclist coming at them in broad daylight. That may sound simple enough, especially considering the images I can find of this crossing show a stop sign on Middle Hill Road, but there are often challenges that require more thorough efforts from independent professionals. That's rarely more true than when a motorcyclist is involved in a crash.

Woodbridge Township, NJ Garbage Truck Accident Injures 1 on St. Georges Avenue

Here's why I say this. Put simply, a lot of people are quick to blame motorcyclists. For trucking companies and insurance companies looking to shift the blame, this is all too tempting a target. They can say that the victim was speeding, weaving through traffic, or otherwise being reckless and unpredictable. Even if there isn't evidence to support those claims, the accusations can stick simply due to people being more likely to believe them.

That's how one gets situations like one I dealt with a while back in which police put 100% of the blame on a deceased motorcyclist. When we actually gathered clear evidence, though, we proved the investigating officer was entirely wrong. While we got that family the answers they deserved, it took independent investigations from experienced professionals just to set the record straight.

Maybe nothing like that will happen here, and further investigations will just show that authorities are on top of things. But getting people the help they need means ensuring they have the evidence and the tools to tell their side of the story. Are the investigators looking into this anticipating the possible hurdles and biases that stand between this victim and the facts of what or who caused this crash?

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