ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital this week after being dragged 150 feet by a tractor-trailer outside Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to CNYCentral, the crash happened Tuesday evening just after 6:30 on Vine Street near Oswego Street in the town of Liverpool, New York.
Deputies say the motorcyclist, Steven McGill, 27, was on his motorcycle when the tractor-trailer hit him from behind. Authorities said the truck driver, John Ries, didn’t see Steven McGill, and the truck continued to push the motorcycle 150 feet before another driver alerted the truck operator of the accident.
Unfortunately, Steven McGill was unable to get off his bike because it was jammed underneath the front of the truck, deputies said.
The rider was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was treated for leg and abdominal injuries, CNYCentral reported.
A New York motorcycle accident lawyer says truck drivers have to be alert when driving in the cities, towns, and villages of Western and Central New York. There are also other factors that should be looked at when a motorcyclist is injured by a tractor-trailer or other large vehicle.
Every year, hundreds of New Yorkers are injured or killed in motorcycle-truck accidents that can be linked back to a negligent or inattentive driver. An extensive legal investigation could look at a trucker’s driving record and the number of hours he has spent behind the wheel.
Fatigue is often a common cause of a New York truck crash, and drivers are required to the log their time operating these large vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers are pushing their bodies to the limit, and in some cases, they’re breaking the law. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer can collect these logs as evidence that could help an injured victim get the best result possible from an injury claim.
Although driving records can be important in an accident investigation, a New York truck accident attorney could uncover additional pieces of evidence that could help maximize a victim’s compensation. This evidence could include:
- Truck maintenance records
- Overall road safety
- Road Striping
- Traffic signals
- Surveillance video
- Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area
This year has already been a dangerous year for motorcycle riders in New York State. Many other bikers have been hit by speeding cars, inattentive drivers and tractor trailers in places like Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester. Many of those victims have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of a New York truck accident, and some could receive significant compensation for their injury or loss, which helps cover the following costs:
- Expenses from hospitalization
- Lost time at work
- Reduced wages
- Loss of protection or care
- Pain and suffering
A successful case can also pave the way for meaningful changes in our communities that could improve the safety for other motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians in Western and Central New York towns and cities like Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.
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