A motorcyclist was killed in West Hempstead in the early morning hours on Wednesday. According to the Nassau County Police, the accident occurred shortly after midnight when a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Christopher Louros, 22, was traveling westbound on Hempstead Turnpike and Morton Avenue. Louros’ motorcycle was struck by a Mercedes-Benz, also heading westbound, which made a U-turn and crashed into the motorcycle.
After striking Louros’ motorcycle, the 45-year-old driver of the Mercedes then struck a parked 2005 Honda Pilot that was unoccupied.
A Nassau County Police ambulance transported Louros to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m.
No other injuries were reported in connection with the crash.
Investigating detectives on the case say that no apparent criminality has been found. Both the motorcycle and the Mercedes have been impounded for brake and safety checks as part of the ongoing investigation.
Motorcyclists and their passengers who find themselves getting into an accident can often suffer far more serious injuries or even fatalities as a result. There are thousands of motorcycle accidents that happen in the greater New York area, and each year, hundreds of deaths are the tragic result of those accidents. Even if a motorcyclist has taken every safety precaution such as wearing a helmet and protective gear and meticulously checked their brakes, signals and other equipment, a lot still depends on the awareness of other drivers on the road who either are not paying attention or take unnecessary risks.
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Every case is different, so having an attorney to advise you who is familiar and has experience with the law surrounding motorcycle accidents can help you to achieve a better outcome. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident, contact the law offices of Goldstein & Bashner today. Our firm has represented the interests of motorcyclists in Long Island and the surrounding area to help our clients receive the maximum compensation available for their accident case. Call us today at 888-NYLAW12 for a free consultation and legal analysis and find out how we can help.