Motorcyclist William Lefferts Critically Injured In Bay Shore Car Accident With Nissan SUV on 5th Avenue
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 16, 2021) – A man identified as William Lefferts was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on 5th Avenue.
Long Island police officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14th. The driver of a Nissan SUV turned east on 5th Avenue and struck William Lefferts who was on a motorcycle.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision to help the victim. William Lefferts was taken to the South Shore University Hospital with serious injuries.
A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Suffolk County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are overrepresented for accidents that involve serious injury or death. According to the NHTSA, “Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 29 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash.” Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked in collisions. They also lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. There are a number of factors that could contribute to motorcycle accidents including:
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid causing collisions. A large number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1141, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard. Drivers that make dangerous left turns could be held at fault in the event of an accident.
Consider, for example, the case of Griffin v. Pennoyer. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York ruled in favor of summary judgement against the driver of the vehicle making a left turn. The plaintiff provided evidence that the defendant driver made an abrupt turn prior to the collision. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after a collision. Any person that is injured in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New York motorcycle accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bay Shore Motorcycle Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to William Lefferts as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim.
This accident also raises a number of safety concerns. Is there a history of collisions along this stretch of road? Was the driver of the SUV distracted? Could this collision have been prevented? The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are totally preventable. Getting to a destination slightly faster is never worth causing an accident that results in serious injury or death.