While most accident victims may play important roles in their families and in their circles of friends, some who suffer injuries leave a gaping hole in their communities as they struggle to recover. When those accidents are the result of someone else’s reckless actions, communities may band together in support. One town in upstate New York experienced that outrage when a highly respected firefighter suffered injuries in a recent motorcycle accident.

First responders arrived on the scene after 10 p.m. on a recent Friday to discover a man and woman lying in the road with a mangled motorcycle nearby. Further down the road, police located a sedan with heavy damage to the door on the passenger side. Investigators believe the sedan made a left turn into the path of the motorcycle. Preliminary reports also suggest the driver of the sedan was impaired by alcohol.

The injured couple were transported by helicopter to a local medical facility. The man, who is a well-loved captain with the local fire department, was reported to be in critical condition. The woman, a nurse at another hospital, also suffered severe injuries. It is likely the two will have a long, painful recovery, and the members of their community have rallied in their support.

Motorcyclists who use caution are still at risk of injury if other drivers do not exercise the same caution. Driving while impaired places others in grave danger and may result in significant medical bills, pain and suffering, and other complications for accident victims. Those in New York who are facing the aftermath of a motorcycle accident may have many questions about how to seek the compensation they deserve for their suffering. With quality legal assistance, they may achieve their goals.