Two New Yorkers have been hospitalized after a terrible accident in Minoa, New York, in which their motorcycle smashed into a pickup truck. As police look into the accident, more information will likely emerge about what caused the accident and who is at fault. Until that time, the injured motorcyclists will need to recuperate and potentially consult a motorcycle accident attorney about what to do next.
The 59-year-old motorcyclists were just north of Minoa after 8 p.m. when a pickup truck in front of them made a turn to the right. While it is not entirely clear, it is possible that the truck driver did not signal his turn, failing to give notice to the motorcyclists following him that he was turning. Sadly, they smashed into the passenger side of the truck and had to be rushed to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The motorcycle ended up in a ditch off the side of the road.
One of the motorcyclists was initially listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to serious condition after a day. The other was in fair condition. It is unknown if either of them are expected to survive, and if they do, how long it will take for them to recover from the crash.
Though it is still unknown if this accident was wholly the fault of the 62-year-old pickup driver, this story indicates just how dangerous it can be for New York motorcyclists. Even something as little as failing to signal a turn can wreak havoc on a motorcyclist and could lead to serious injuries or death. Something more serious like speeding or failing to yield to a motorcyclist's right of way could have even more severe consequences.
Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard, "Two motorcyclists remain hospitalized after Minoa crash Sunday night," Douglass Dowty, Aug. 20, 2012