NJ Motorcyclist Survives Being Ejected Into Minivan

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A motorcyclist was in stable condition earlier this month after having been ejected into the back of a minivan. The crash occurred on September 5, 2015 in Rockaway Township on Route 15 near Richard Mine Road. Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Attanasio of Branchville allegedly rear-ended the minivan, at which point he was thrown from his bike and into the back of the vehicle. Attanasio and the occupants of the minivan – a driver and two children, ages 5 and 13 – were all taken to a local hospital. Fortunately, none of the occupants of the minivan sustained a serious injury and they were all released from the hospital within 24 hours.

NJ motorcycle accident investigation is ongoing

First responders to the scene removed Attanasio from the minivan. The man was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center with unknown injuries. A few days later, a hospital spokesperson noted that Attanasio was listed in “good condition.”

The initial reports of the motorcycle accident indicate that Attanasio rear-ended the minivan. However, it is not known if excessive speed, distracted driving, intoxication, or any other common factors were involved in the crash. To date, no reports of criminal charges have surfaced and the investigation is ongoing. The Morris County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation.

Motorcycle crashes in New Jersey: who is liable?

Liability for a motorcycle accident injuries and damages in the state of New Jersey depends upon a breach of duty owed to the plaintiff by the defendant. For example, the driver of a car is expected to drive in a reasonable manner to uphold the safety of all others on the road. If evidence is uncovered to prove that the driver breached that duty of care, and that this led to the plaintiff’s injuries and damages, then the defendant may be found legally liable.

Every motorcycle accident case involves unique issues and it may not always be necessary to go to court; many bike crash cases settle before trial.

Learn more about filing a NJ motorcycle accident lawsuit

The attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh understand that what would be a simple fender bender for a car driver could result in life-threatening injuries for a motorcyclist. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a crash, our NJ motorcycle accident lawyers can help you explore your legal options.

Our Bergen County personal injury law firm has a longstanding history of successful legal advocacy on behalf of our clients. We’ll work with you to thoroughly investigate the crash and demand compensation for your losses. Call us today at 201-781-1937 to claim your no-cost, no-obligation case review.


  1. NJ.com, Motorcyclist ejected into minivan during Route 15 crash, cops say, http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2015/09/motorcyclist_airlifted_after_serious_accident_with.html
  2. Daily Record, Motorcyclist lands in minivan after Rockaway Twp. Crash, http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2015/09/10/motorcyclist-lands-mini...