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Suffolk County Man Suffers Injuries After Driver Merges into Motorcycle

A man from Suffolk County sustained injuries after a Subaru sedan reportedly merged into his motorcycle on Route 347 in Smithtown, New York, on April 6.

According to reports, a 30-year-old woman driving the sedan was attempting to switch from the center lane to the right lane when she moved into the path of a motorcycle. The 29-year-old rider ended up crashing into the rear of the sedan. He had to be rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for serious (but non-life threatening) injuries.

The woman driving the Subaru came away with minor injuries and was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Visibility always a concern with motorcycles

One of the most common reasons motorcycle accidents happen is because other drivers simply do not see them coming. This type of accident is somewhat common: a driver fails to see the motorcyclist in her blind spot because the bike is much smaller than the average car, truck or SUV.

Ultimately, all motorists are responsible for safely turning, changing lanes and performing other maneuvers on the road. Motorcyclists can help boost their own safety by making themselves more visible, such as by wearing reflective clothing, using hand signals in addition to their turn signal and having reflectors on their motorcycles.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a skilled attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages you’ve sustained.