For motorcyclists, their passion is both invigorating and extremely dangerous. Nothing compares to that feeling while riding: the wind, freedom and thrill. It is intoxicating and addicting. Though, that feeling must be tempered with the dangers. This is because motorcycles are much less visible on the road, and there is very little protection for riders, should an accident occur. Unfortunately, this usually means motorcycle accidents are often fatal or cause serious injuries to riders and passengers, like the recent fatal accident in Richmondville, New York.
The fatal motorcycle crash
According to New York State Police, just before 4:30 p.m., the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on August 29. The accident happened in Richmondville at the intersection of State Route 7 and Hite Road. NYSP’s preliminary investigation found that an Olean woman was stopped at the intersection. When she tried to make a left turn onto State Route 7, the Richmondville motorcyclist and his passenger impacted the vehicle.
After the fatal accident
Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were likely killed on impact as they were declared dead at the scene of the accident. The vehicle’s driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At the time of reporting, the woman was not charged for the fatal motorcycle crash, even though, from the police’s account, she was the cause.
Seeking justice after an accident
For Melville, New York, residents that are involved in a motorcycle accident, there are avenues for justice through a personal injury lawsuit. If the motorcyclist dies, the surviving family members can seek civil justice through a wrongful death lawsuit. Even if the criminal justice system does not charge the negligent parties, the civil justice system is still there.