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3 Injured, 1 Dead in Crash Between Jeep and Motorcycle on Long Island

A motorcyclist was killed and three more people were injured in an accident in East Moriches on Long Island the evening of Monday, September 25.

According to information released by the Suffolk County Police Department, the accident occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Valley Drive and East Moriches Boulevard. A 21-year-old man from Eastport was riding his 2017 Yamaha motorcycle south on Moriches Boulevard when he hit a 1999 Jeep that was heading east on Valley Drive. The driver of the Jeep was attempting to make a left turn onto Moriches Boulevard.

The motorcyclist was taken by responders to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead. The 18-year-old driver of the Jeep, from Manorville, and two of his passengers were taken via ambulance to the hospital, where they were treated for life-threatening injuries. Police continued to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Failure to yield a common problem

One of the most common causes of accidents, especially when it comes to motorcycles, is failure to yield. Drivers turning left must always wait until it is safe to proceed, yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic. However, there are some situations in which the other driver could be at fault, such as if the person turning left actually had the right of way because of a left-turn arrow or the other driver was supposed to be stopped at a stop sign or red light.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries and property damage. To learn more, meet with a skilled auto accident lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP