Motorcyclist Fletcher Russell of Malone Injured In Dannemora Car Accident on State Route 374 By The Parking Lot of Maggy’s Pharmacy
CLINTON COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 27, 2021) – A motorcyclist identified as Fletcher Russell sustained major injuries following a car accident on State Route 374 by Maggy’s Pharmacy parking lot.
New York State Police are saying that the accident took place around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Fletcher Russell was riding a 2103 Ducati 796 motorcycle when a 28-year-old woman made a left turn in front of him into a parking lot.
The victim was ejected and landed on the Subaru Legacy driven by the woman making the left turn. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the motorcyclist.
Fletcher Russell was taken to the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh. He was then flown to the Vermont Medical Center in order to receive treatment for leg and head injuries.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Dannemora Motorcycle Accidents
In 2019 over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in car accidents according to one report from the NHTSA. By their very nature motorcycles are far less crashworthy than enclosed vehicles. They are also much more likely to be overlooked due to their small size. Motorcyclists must drive extremely well to stay safe. They would also do well to drive defensively and take into consideration how inept other drivers can be. Factors that could potentially influence the likelihood of a car accident will include:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
Every driver in New York is legally obligated to exercise due care to avoid collisions. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1141, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left shall yield the right of way to any oncoming vehicle approaching from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard. Drivers that make unprotected left turns will typically be held at fault in the event of a collision. There are a number of steps that should be taken following any motorcycle accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed
- Surveillance footage should be sought
- Medical records should be preserved
- An experienced motorcycle accident attorney should be consulted
Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be extremely difficult in the best of circumstances. It’s not uncommon for victims to face high medical bills and accrue months of lost time from work. Victims of motorcycle accidents may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A motorcycle accident attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of cost and fight to get you the medical and financial support you deserve.
Investigating A Dannemora Motorcycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Fletcher Russell as he continues to heal. It is our sincere hope that he makes a complete recovery. Any person that may have information about the crash should come forward and speak with police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Left turn collisions are typically preventable when drivers obey traffic laws and scan the road ahead of them.