Motorcycle Rider Injured In Batavia Car Accident By Walnut Street and Law Street
GENESEE COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 27, 2021) – A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a pickup truck near the intersection of Walnut Street and Law Street in Batavia.
Batavia police officials are saying that the collision took place around 12:22 p.m. on Friday, September 17th. The motorcyclist was traveling down the roadway when they were struck by a pickup truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. They were taken to the Erie County Medical Center in critical condition.
Police interviewed the driver of the pickup truck who remained at the scene. A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Genesee County Motorcycle Accidents
Nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents. According to the NHTSA, ‘Per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination, and good judgment.” Helmets save lives every year, but this does not make up for the fact that motorcyclists lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Driver fatigue
- Brake failure
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting other vehicles. Intersections are one of the most common locations of accidents because they can be tricky to navigate. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law 1140, drivers must yield the right of way to vehicles that entered the intersection from a different highway. When a driver fails to exercise caution and strikes a motorcyclist they can be held at fault through a civil claim.
Depending on the specific facts of any case liability for a motorcycle collision could extend beyond any driver. Pickup trucks are often used in construction, landscaping and moving. If a pickup truck driver was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Companies are typically liable for the wrongful acts of their employees – insofar as the negligent act was generally foreseeable and a natural occurrence of the worker’s job. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Even after the physical injuries of an accident have healed victims are often left with very serious psychological trauma. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that nearly 40% of car accident survivors develop PTSD. Any person that is injured in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damage in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A Genesee 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 Genesee County Motorcycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the motorcyclist injured in this collision. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
This accident also raises a number of important safety questions. Is there a history of collisions are this intersection? Did the driver of the pickup truck yield the right of way? Could this accident have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional accidents like this one.