Accidents, some fatal, occur on a daily basis around New York. Often, the negligence of an individual or company causes the death or serious injury of a loved one. Accident or not, those grieving the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident are in deep distress. Depending on the details of the case, the victims or their families may be eligible to seek and be awarded compensation on a claim of wrongful death.
The families of two New York men are currently grieving after a recent motorcycle accident claimed both of their lives. Officers have reported that the two were each riding their motorcycles in Brooklyn at the time of the accident. The collision itself occurred at a controlled intersection.
One of the men had stopped for a red light while the other was riding behind him. Rather than stop, witnesses say the second motorcyclist accelerated and popped a wheelie — lifting his front wheel completely off the ground.
Witnesses say the second driver lost control of his vehicle and ran into the biker who was stopped for the light. This collision caused both men to be thrown off of their motorcycles and into the intersection. A witness also stated that once the two motorcycles collided, one of them started on fire.
As a result of the crash, both men were taken to an area hospital where both died.
One phrase commonly heard is, “accidents happen.” While this is true, there is no excuse for accidents caused by negligence. When they occur, the negligent parties and their insurers should expect that they will be held responsible for the actions.
Source: New York Daily News, “2 bikers killed in Bushwick motorcycle crash,” Erik Badia, June 22, 2012