An accident in Queens involving a motorcycle and an SUV has resulted in the deaths of two people. The motorcycle collided with an SUV that was making a U-turn. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were killed in the accident. The driver of the vehicle was injured as well and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Charges have not been filed in this collision at this time, although authorities are continuing to investigate the accident.
Liability for motorcycle accidents is subject to the same rules of negligence that apply in other motor vehicle accidents. Every driver is required to use reasonable care in operating his or her vehicle. If they fail to fulfill this duty and cause an accident that results in injuries to another person, they may be liable for any damages that the injured victim incurs.
Motorcycles also present unique risks that are not present in other motor vehicles. Due to their smaller relative size, motorcycles are often difficult for other drivers to see on the road. This is especially true in inclement weather and at intersections. Two-thirds of accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle were caused when the other driver violated the right of way of the motorcyclist.
The family of a person killed while riding a motorcycle may be entitled to compensation if the accident was due to another's negligence. A New York motor vehicle accident lawyer can help a family evaluate their case and represent them throughout the process.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "2 killed in Queens motorcycle-SUV accident," Sept. 14, 2013