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Motorcycles are prone to motor vehicle accidents

The good weather has arrived in New York and motorcycles are out in force. They can be difficult to see and the potential for serious motor vehicle accidents involving them is not insignificant. A serious fatal accident happened recently near Albany.

A man was riding his motorcycle west on Route 5. A vehicle heading east made a left turn in front of the bike. The rider may not have had time to react to the car turning in front of him and he collided with the turning vehicle. Neither speed nor alcohol are currently believed to have contributed to the cause of the accident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Emergency responders to the accident included the New York State Police, the Amsterdam Fire Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. Paramedics administered aid to the motorcyclist at the scene and then transported him to Albany Medical Center where he later died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the car was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam for treatment.

Motorcycles can be fun to ride and are an economic form of transportation in New York. As bumper stickers proclaim, they are everywhere and drivers should be on the lookout in order to avoid serious motor vehicle accidents. One doesn't think that a jaunt on one's motorcycle will be one's last, and a family who loses a loved one will be devastated. No one can turn back time and undo the tragedy that occurred but a  conversation with a personal injury attorney can help one determine if a personal injury lawsuit is a viable option. A successfully litigated claim can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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