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Motorcyclist Killed By Drunk Driver in Union Township

By Steven Benvenisti, Esq.

A tragic accident early this morning left one person dead and another in police custody. A uniformed New York City firefighter was riding his motorcycle to work at about 5:30 a.m. Friday along North Avenue in Union Township when a car struck the bike.

According to police, the driver of the car was attempting to turn onto North Avenue from a side street when the accident occurred. Police have not yet released any identifying information about either the driver of the car or the motorcyclist who was killed. The car driver was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving. Authorities believe alcohol played a role in the accident.

“Intoxicated drivers are less likely to consider the safety of other motorists because of their physical and mental impairment”, says New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyer Samuel L. Davis. “Under the best conditions, even sober drivers often fail to see motorcyclists as they turn. In fact, nearly 40% of crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle occur when the other vehicle is turning.”

“Prudent and safety conscious motorcyclists often wear reflective gear on both their front and back sides as well as brightly colored clothing to improve visibility. Unfortunately, when dealing with a drunk driver no amount of safety equipment is enough to prevent an accident,” explains Davis, who handles motorcycle accident cases and drunk driving accident cases throughout New Jersey and New York.

Being an avid motorcyclist gives Sam Davis a special understanding and appreciation of the risks and benefits from being a “biker.” This understanding helps him win cases in the courtroom as he represents the injured including motorcyclists and their families.

Samuel Davis is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by less than 3 percent of all New Jersey attorneys. As a partner at the law firm Davis, Saperstein, & Salomon, P.C. in Teaneck, N.J., he is experienced in representing victims of all types of accidents, including motorcycle accidents who can be reached for interviews or consultations at 1-800-529-2000 or by emailing

The author of this article, Steven Benvenisti is also certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Benvenisti represents people and families that have suffered a loss because of an injury or accident caused by a drunk driver. Steve Benvenisti, himself nearly died when he was struck as a pedestrian by an intoxicated driver. Since then he has become active in MADD and speaks about his experience to hundreds of thousands of people. He has appeared on local and national television as a spokesman for the injured and recently authored a biography entitled “Spring Break” that recounts his nearly fatal accident.

Steven Benvenisti can be reached for media inquiries or to schedule a free initial consultation about a drunk driving accident by calling 1-(800) LAW-2000 or by emailing

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