Craig Panton of Plattsburgh Injured In Ellenburg Car Accident With Pickup Truck While Riding Motorcycle On Plank Road Near State Route 11
CLINTON COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 14, 2021) – A motorcyclist identified as Craig Panton was injured in a car accident with a pickup truck by State Route 11 and Plank Road.
New York State Police are saying that the collision took place around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. The driver of a 2021 Dodge Ram pick-up truck attempted to make a left turn onto State Route 11 from Plank Road.
The pickup truck then struck a motorcycle operated by Craig Panton. An ambulance was called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Craig Panton was transported to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh in order to receive treatment for feet and hip injuries.
A full investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Clinton County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are overrepresented in serious injury and fatal collisions. The NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in car accidents than those in passenger vehicles per vehicle miles traveled. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and their small profiles make them more likely to be overlooked. Many of these serious accidents involve drivers that are making left turns. There are a number of factors that could contribute to a left-turn accident.
- A driver’s view may be obstructed while turning.
- A driver may fail to adequately surveil their surroundings.
- A driver may misjudge another vehicle’s speed.
- A driver may miscalculate the distance across an intersection.
- A driver may commit an illegal maneuver, such as failure to yield.
Left-turns are so particularly dangerous that many large companies program their vehicles’ GPS software to eliminate as many as possible. Drivers that hit other vehicles or motorcyclists while making left turns could be held at fault for an accident. New York Vehicle & Traffic Law 1141 requires drivers to yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling from the opposite direction and close enough so as to pose a hazard before turning left. Depending on the facts of any case liability for a motorcycle accident may extend beyond the drivers involved.
If the driver deemed at fault for an accident was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could also be held at fault. As a general principle, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – when those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Many pick-up trucks are used in construction, landscaping and other industries. It’s important to determine who a pick-up truck belonged to after an accident and what it was being used for.
Liability for any accident may not rest totally with any driver or entity. Even if a motorcyclist was partially at fault for an accident, this will not bar them from potentially seeking compensation through a civil claim. New York is one of a handful of states that operates under a pure comparative negligence law under (N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 1411). If a victim was partially at fault for an accident any civil award is reduced proportionately. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in an Ellenburg motorcycle accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. A Clinton County motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Clinton County Motorcycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Craig Panton as he continues to recover. Any person that may have witnessed the collision should reach out to New York State Police. There should be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim and all involved.
This collision raises a number of safety concerns. As our cities and communities grow more dense, our roadways don’t always keep up. Is there a history of collisions at this intersection? Could this collision have been potentially prevented with additional signs or traffic lights? As motorcycle accident attorneys we remain deeply concerned by the sharp rise of collisions this year.