Sitting in rush hour traffic on route 9 for hours, Fred has lost his patience.
“How long do I have to wait here before I can turn left!”
he shouts at the top of his lungs. Seeing a big rig coming his way, he
figures he will have a chance to scoot left before the truck passes.
He waits for a few cars in front of the truck to pass and then he guns
it. But suddenly, Fred immediately tries to stop, slamming his foot down
on the brake pedal and screaming. The high-pitched screeching of tires
fills the area and the smell of burnt rubber wafts through the air. A
motorcycle lies on the ground, partially underneath Fred’s vehicle.
The biker is ejected from the motorcycle and lies motionless on the side
of the road.
Fred’s heart feels like it is coming through his chest, his vision
has become blurry and he sweats profusely. As his panic mounts, his breathing
becomes more labored. Fred never saw the motorcyclist in between the car
and big rig.
Experienced Newburgh car accident attorneys know that left hand turns contribute to more roadway accidents than many
other accident causes. Left hand turns are dangerous and deadly.
With such being the case, New York State has enacted laws that which address
the matter. For example,section 1141 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law states, “the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left within an
intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the
right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which
is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
Fred has clearly violated this statute. Section 1141 was created to prevent
this very type of accident. The motorcyclist surly has suffered injuries;
injuries that happened because Fred violated section 1141. As a result,
Fred might in fact be considered negligent by virtue of violating said
statute. The injured biker will therefore have an easier case to prove
Even if a statute were not violated, the motorcyclist would have a good
case against Fred for negligent operation of a motor vehicle. As a motorist,
Fred owes a duty to other roadway users to use reasonable care when driving.
Having failed at this duty, and causing injury to the biker, Fred will
most likely have to pay for the bikers damages.
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