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Car accidents: Attempted U-turn puts car in path of motorcycle

Motorcycle riders in New York often put their lives on the line when they take to the roads. Bikers typically suffer severe injuries in motorcycle vs. car accidents. This is because they have none of the protection that automobile occupants have.

Police in Sangerfield say one such a crash is currently under investigation. Reportedly, it occurred shortly after noon on a recent Thursday. A 73-year-old man, who was westbound on Route 20, decided to make a U-turn. However, he allegedly failed to notice an oncoming motorcycle that was heading in the same direction. With the car directly in the path of the bike, a collision could not be avoided.

Upon impact, the 46-year-old biker and his 58-year-old passenger were ejected. No mention was made of injuries suffered by the driver of the car, but both the motorcycle riders were injured. The passenger was airlifted from the scene because her injuries were reported to be critical, while the biker was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Reportedly, his injuries were not life-threatening.

When negligent drivers in New York cause car accidents, injured victims are typically entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against negligent parties, and with the support and guidance of an experienced attorney, damages might be recovered. If negligence is established before the court, a monetary judgment might be entered to cover documented claims. These could include financial losses such as medical expenses and lost income along with emotional pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.

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