Like anyone else on New York roadways, motorcyclists are endangered by drunk drivers. However, because they are so much more exposed to the elements, and because motorcycles are inherently unstable, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. Any collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle is much more likely to lead to serious injury or death than a crash between two cars.
Recently a New York motorcyclist was seriously injured when police said an intoxicated driver collided with the man's bike. The 19-year-old driver was riding in Lindenhurst, about an hour from Staten Island, when police said a van apparently struck him. The motorcyclist was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where police said he was being treated for serious injuries to his legs.
Police said the driver of the van fled the scene, but was later arrested. He has been charged with DWI.
Criminal charges have an important part to play after a hit-and-run accident, but a civil lawsuit can play an important role as well. Recovery from the types of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents is likely to take a long time and to entail enormous medical expenses. During recovery, the injured may be unable to work for extended periods, meaning that the injured person is left without that income. And, sadly, in the event of a deadly accident, the victim's family is left without the income of that person.
A personal injury lawsuit can help the injured to be compensated for these and other damages. A New York attorney with experience in motorcycle accident cases can help the injured or the families of those who have been killed in motorcycle accidents to understand their rights and how the law may apply to the facts of their case.
Source: CBS New York, "Lindenhurst Man Charged In DWI Crash That Injured Motorcyclist," July 5, 2014