Motor vehicle accidents in New York, while mostly preventable, will never
be a thing of the past and no longer heard of. They will continue to happen,
whether minor or fatal and everywhere in between, and the citizens of
Kingston are not exempt.
experienced Kingston motor vehicle accident attorney knows that drunk driving, speeding, tailgating, drowsy driving, failures
to yield, ignoring traffic signs and devices, distracted driving, driving
while texting, negligent operation of a car given the weather conditions,
and many other acts cause the majority of motor vehicle accidents in the
Hudson Valley regions of New York.
These acts lead to roll over accidents, rear end collisions, sideswipes,
head on crashes, T-bone collisions, just to name a few of the most common.
Any type of injury can happen therein.
It is common for car crash victims to suffer lacerations, bruising, whiplash,
bone fractures, skull fractures, facial injuries, concussions, traumatic
brain injury, spinal damage, limb amputation, coma, and even death.
In New York, all motorists owe a duty of care to other roadway users. This
duty requires the use of reasonable care when driving a vehicle, as would
any other prudent driver, so that needless harm is not caused to other
people. Such involves obeying traffic regulations, seeing what there is
to be seen, and adjusting driving behaviors in accordance with weather
and traffic conditions.
With that said,
experienced Kingston car accident attorneys know that certain vehicles are exceptional and pose unique issues to roadway
users. Trucks, buses, and motorcycles stand out as fitting examples.
When vehicles collide, the larger vehicle usually prevails. Some vehicles
are so massive that they cause almost certain death when colliding with
smaller vehicles. Trucks such as “big rigs” are what come to mind.
Big rigs are colossal. They carry heavy loads, are hard to maneuver, and
do not stop easily. Over ten thousand accidents in New York will involve
these vehicles and around four thousand injuries will result each year.
Truck accidents are not only unique due to their size, but also because
special laws regulate the trucking industry. Therefore, not only will
negligence be an accusation a truck accident victim makes against the
offending driver, but so too will violations of various state and local
Not only will the truck driver’s actions be scrutinized. The company
for which the driver works may be liable for the driver’s negligence.
Buses are just as large as big rigs. But they are different in that they
carry a lot more passengers. A truck might only have one person in the
cabin while a bus might have a hundred passengers. Therefore, when buses
are involved in roadway accidents, the potential for a catastrophic event
is higher. Such makesbus accidents unique.
Additionally, bus passengers are allowed to walk around. They are not required
to wear seat belts. Each passenger might not be protected by an air bag.
These facts also give rise to a higher likelihood of injury when a bus
Given the high cost of buses, many are older and out dated. School buses
are a good example of this. School buses are also unique in their own
instance because they carry a loud and unruly crew. School bus drivers
must therefore be highly trained and have the ability to focus under difficult
On the other end of the vehicle size spectrum we find motorcycles. They
are the smallest vehicles on the road and bikes do not have seat belts,
air bags, or protected interior cabins. They are also harder to see as
compared to four wheeled vehicles. Therefore, it should come as no surprise
to learn that motorcycle riders and passengers are thirty five times more
likely to have a fatal accident as compared to accidents involving only
As is the case with all roadway crashes, motorcycle accidents are preventable
and might not happen if the offending driver was not negligent while driving.
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 theconvenient contact form here.