This past Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the Town of Carlisle, Schoharie County,
New York, a
motorcyclist was found on the side of a road having been ejected from his motorcycle.
The news report indicates that the accident unfolded slightly before 8:00
at night; there is a slight curve in the road where the accident occurred.
Tragically, the rider was pronounced dead at the scene. No explanation
as to what caused the accident has been offered at the present time and
an autopsy on the victim is pending. Our regrets go out to the family
of the victim.
As the weather gets nice, more and more motorcycle accidents will occur
throughout the Hudson Valley regions of New York as well. While the cause
of the accident above is unknown, motorcycle accidents have common causes.
Vehicle drivers are known to negligently cause accidents with motorcycles
by failing to obey traffic regulations; by driving recklessly, without
regard for the safety of others on the road. Poor weather conditions can
contribute to motorcycle accidents. So too can defects in the road such
as cracks and potholes or due to negligently designed roadways. Sometimes,
the accident is the result of operator error.
Whatever the cause may be,
experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys know that motorcycle accidents can easily lead to limb fractures; spinal
cord injuries; fractured skulls; traumatic brain injuries; concussions;
lacerations; road rash; and many other types of injuries.
This is partly due to the fact that motorcycles do not have an interior
protective cabin equipped with airbags and seat belts. Of course, two
wheeled vehicles will always lose in a collision with motor vehicles.
Unfortunately, bikers and motorcycle passengers are thirty-five times
more likely to be killed in a crash as compared to motor vehicle operators
and passengers. Over the course of a decade, over thirty-thousand riders
and passengers will be killed in
If a motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of another driver,
the injured victims can seek compensation for their damages in a New York
civil court. The victims have three years from the date of the accident
to sue the offending driver.
If a defect in the roadway design or negligent maintenance of the roadway
caused the accident, the victim can sue the entity responsible for maintaining
and/or designing the road. Since governmental agencies are typically responsible
for such, the victim would want to sue the State of New York and/or the
When suing the government, the statute of limitations is different and
the victim has only ninety days to notify the responsible entity of the
potential claim. Following that, additional time deadlines must be adhered to.
Learn more about the common types of serious accidents that occur in nicer
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
convenient contact form here.