A motorcycle accident at the start of this past Memorial Day weekend offers
a grim reminder that upstate New York roadways can be deadly, especially
so now that the warm weather has ushered in motorcycle riding season.
Our experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys have just read news reports about a man killed and a young boy seriously
injured in a motorcycle accident. Reports state that the man collided
head on with a vehicle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene;
his twelve-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Our condolences go out to the decedent’s family and friends; we
sincerely hope that the young boy recovers quickly and fully.
Unfortunately, this is just one of many
motorcycle accidents that will happen this year in New York. Statistics indicate that hundreds
of motorcyclists are killed in motorcycle accidents each year throughout
the United Stated of America; thousands are injured in motorcycle accidents annually.
One of the main reasons that motorcycle riders and passengers are thirty
five times more likely to be killed in a roadway accident as compared
to motor vehicles is because of the lack of safety features on motorcycles.
Motorcycles do not have airbags, nor do they come equipped with seatbelts.
There is no inner cabin that protects the rider from surrounding elements too.
Safety gear such as helmets and protective clothing can only do so much.
While bikers accept these facts, the truth remains that many motorcycle
accidents can be prevented. It is also true that many accidents can be
negligence. If a motorcycle rider or passenger is injured in a roadway accident caused
by the negligence of another, the injured parties have a right to receive
compensation from the negligent party.
Common negligent acts that lead to vehicle collisions with motorcycles are:
- Drunk and buzzed driving.
- Driving under the influence of drugs.
- Failure to obey traffic signs and devices.
- Turning left in front of an oncoming motorbike.
Negligently designed and maintained roadways can also lead to motorcycle
accidents and injury; common roadway defects are:
- Potholes, left unrepaired even though they were known about and there was
plenty of time to repair them.
- Missing guardrails.
- Poorly designed roads.
- Missing warning signs and traffic devices.
Very simple measures, easily taken, can prevent death and injury to hundreds
and thousands of people. Considering that even a seemingly minor crash
can cause death, traumatic brain injury, skull fractures, spine injury,
paralysis, limb fracture, and other injuries, it is worth more effort
on the part of all motorists to practice safer driving while using Kingston roadways.
Learn more about how warm weather and long weekends create increased risk
for injury or death in
our latest article posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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