It is late March in Riverhead, New York. The operator of a motor vehicle
drives down a road that on any other day would have been uneventful. Much
to the driver’s astonishment, the driver happens upon the scene
of a horrific accident.
A motorcycle is on the ground. The rider of the bike is also found lying
on the ground. The rider apparently hit a pothole on the road, which caused
the motorcycle to crash. Emergency responders were called to the scene
and brought the injured biker to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the
gentleman died from his injuries.
Our sincere condolences go out to the decedent’s friends and family.
The sad truth is that this type of accident could have happened in Kingston,
Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, or anywhere in the Hudson Valley region and throughout
the entire state of New York.
Our experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys know that the motorcycle-riding season is just beginning and accidents
such as the one described above will most likely happen again in 2015.
Roadway hazards cause numerous motorcycle accidents every year. They serve
as a reminder about how potholes, gravel, debris, standing water, black
ice, and the like can cause severe injury and death to bikers.
If you are a rider, you are probably keener to these dangers than are people
who do not ride motorcycles. You know roadway hazards are dangerous. Often
times, even though you may be armed with such knowledge,
accidents caused by potholes and other road defects can be very difficult to avoid. Motorcyclists can
come upon the defect and not have enough time to avoid the hazard.
Motorcyclists face many other dangers as well. Speeding motorists may be
driving so fast that they crash into a motorcycle that they would have
seen had they not been speeding. Vehicle drivers might make a left turn
in front of oncoming motorcycles where the biker is too close to avoid
a collision. They might ignore traffic signs and signals. Bikers are also
harder to see because of the motorcycle’s slim profile; the distance
and speed of a motorcycle is also difficult to judge.
Combine these facts with the fact that motorcyclists are not afforded the
protection of seat belts, air bags, and the comfort of an interior cabin.
Thus, serious injury and fatalities are more likely to occur when a vehicle
collides with a motorcycle.
Readers should pause to reflect on all of the above and get through motorcycle
riding season safe and sound.
Learn more about the statistics and common issues surrounding motorcycle
our latest article posted here. Read about the risks of riding your bike and how it can save your life in
our blog posted here.Learn about common injuries in motorcycle accidents you should be aware of in
our blog posted here. Read about common myths surrounding motorcycle helmets and how they have
been debunked by the NHTSA in
our latest blog available 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
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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
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