Even when a motorcyclist has extensive safety training, an accident can happen. Even when the motorcycle is outfitted with police lights and symbols. Even when the rider is experienced and paired with another seasoned rider, doubling visibility.
Even when all of those factors are present, a motorcycle accident can happen in the blink of an eye. New York State Police are investigating a crash that left a West Haven police officer with serious injuries.
The 34-year-old veteran was taking part in a motorcycle safety training exercise on a recent weekday afternoon on Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley, New York. He and fellow motorcycle cops were riding south on the parkway when a car entered the road from an on-ramp, directly into the officers’ paths, according to a news report.
The 8-year veteran swerved to avoid the merging vehicle, but motorcycle collided with another officer’s motorcycle. The second officer was not injured. Neither was the driver of the car.
The officer was thrown from his cycle onto the pavement in what the West Haven mayor called “a tragic accident.”
We do not know why the driver of the car did not slow to avoid the officers. We do know that in many similar situations, a driver will not look carefully at traffic while merging. In other situations, drivers who hit cyclists are distracted, speeding, intoxicated or involved in a combination of those factors.
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, those who are injured in New York City motorcycle crashes can effectively pursue maximum compensation for damages.
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