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Crash shows high risk of injury and death to motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are a frequent sight on Staten Island roadways and throughout New York. While most drivers of conventional vehicles will adhere to the law, keep a close eye on motorcycles and share the road, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Since motorcyclists do not have the same protections as other motorists, they can suffer severe injuries and death when there is an accident. This is true, even if they are wearing protective gear. When there is a motorcycle accident, it is essential that a full investigation be conducted to determine its cause and help with a potential legal filing.

Recently, a motorcyclist died in a crash in Staten Island. The accident happened at around noon, when the driver of a pickup truck was turning into a gas station. The motorcyclist crashed into the pickup. The rider, a 53-year-old man, was wearing a helmet. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, but unfortunately, later died. The driver of the pickup remained at the scene, and the case is still being investigated.

With a motorcycle accident, the aftermath can be difficult for the injured person and his or her family. If the rider survives, there can be a long hospital stay, broken bones, internal injuries, paralysis and other issues. As a result, it might be difficult to return to work.

Further, the injured person could need care every day for the rest of his or her life. And, with a fatality, the family will need to deal with the financial and emotional ramifications. These costs can be immense, and a legal filing is often the only way to cover everything.

This is why determining the cause of the crash is imperative. It might have been because of a failure to yield, a reckless act or for some other reason. This can be integral to a lawsuit.

In this incident, a motorcycle rider died when he crashed into a pickup that was turning into a gas station. Although the investigation is ongoing, that does not mean that the man's family should not prepare for a potential lawsuit with assistance from an attorney. The immediate aftermath of the accident is most critical to the investigation. The family must protect themselves by contacting an attorney who is experienced with motorcycle crashes to move forward with a legal filing.

Source: Staten Island Real-Time News, "Police: Motorcyclist dies following Rosebank crash," Allie Griffin, July 15, 2017

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