Motorcyclist Killed in Failure to Yield Accident on Long Island
One person died in an accident between a motorcycle and a Jeep at an intersection in Long Island. The accident occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10 in Garden City Park.
According to Nassau County Police, a 2014 Ducati motorcycle driven by a 32-year-old man was approaching the intersection of County Courthouse Road and Jericho Turnpike. Meanwhile, a 2020 Jeep Wrangler being driven by Nassau County Police was heading west on Jericho Turnpike and attempting to turn left on to County Courthouse Road.
As the Jeep was turning left, it drove into the path of the motorcycle, causing a collision. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and sustained multiple injuries. He was ultimately pronounced dead by a physician after a nearby hospital.
The driver of the Jeep was a 16-year-old girl, and she and her 51-year-old mother both sustained minor injuries and remained at the scene to cooperate with authorities.
Failure to yield accidents common
Failure to yield accidents are among the most common types of motorcycle accidents. They typically occur when a vehicle is attempting to turn left, while a motorcycle that has the right of way is passing straight through the intersection. Because motorcycles have a smaller profile than other vehicles on the road, it can be easier for drivers to miss them when they’re coming.
However, all drivers are responsible for making sure the way is clear before they turn left through an intersection. Drivers coming through the intersection with a green light or without any sort of stop signal always have the right of way, and it is on the drivers turning left to yield to them and ensure their safety.
For more information about the legal steps you can take if you’ve been the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.