Wrong Way Driver Nearly Kills Scooter Operator
Posted on May 5, 2016
A Queens man is clinging to life in a local hospital after an early morning, near-fatal motorcycle crash that involved an Acura and a motorized scooter.
The wreck took place near the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 73rd Street in Glendale. Police state that the 21-year-old rider was eastbound on Cooper, when a westbound Acura veered into the eastbound lane and collided with the scooter. The rider was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Officers arrested the 38-year-old Acura driver at the scene.
None of the names were released.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
As gasoline prices start to inch back up and the weather begins to warm, there will be more and more motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and other such vehicles on the road. This is especially true in densely populated urban areas like New York City, where space is at a premium.
While the number of vehicle occupant deaths have declined in recent decades, the number of motorcycle crash fatalities have remained relatively constant. That may be because while vehicles have become much more sophisticated and easier to drive since 1975 – not to mention safer – motorcycles are highly susceptible to uneven pavement and other conditions that do not affect four-wheel vehicles. Moreover, whereas vehicle occupants are protected by a steel cage and multiple restraints in a crash, motorcycle riders are completely exposed.
Motorcycle crashes are exempt from the no-fault law, meaning that they are automatically entitled to additional compensation for injuries like:
Broken Bones: Riders are normally thrown off their bikes in vehicle-motorcycle collisions, leading to serious injuries in the arms and other extremities.
Paralysis: Helmets do nothing to protect the spine, neck, nerves and other critical areas of the body.
Blood Loss: Because of the serious injuries, many victims lose copious amounts of blood before first responders arrive on scene.
The additional damages mean money for loss of consortium (companionship), loss of enjoyment in life, and other noneconomic damages. If the tortfeasor (negligent driver) was charged with a crime, like vehicular homicide, punitive damages may be available as well.
Motorcycle crashes cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with aggressive personal injury attorneys in Manhattan, contact our office today. You have a limited amount of time to act.