The Ziff Law Firm extends its condolences to the family of DaQuan Harrison of Elmira, the motorcyclist killed Friday afternoon in Big Flats by a left-turning motorist at the Chambers Road overpass on Interstate 86.

According to a GoFundMe created by a friend of DaQuan’s to help with funeral expenses, DaQuan had two sons, 9-year-old Darius and 4-year-old Eli, and a longtime companion, Jessica Frank.

Sadly, DaQuan’s death is just the latest tragic reminder of what can happen when a driver turning left fails to see a motorcyclist … or bicyclists or runners or pedestrians.

Left-turning vehicles often fail to observe oncoming motorcycles or bicycles and unlawfully fail to yield the right-of-way. NY law requires left-turning vehicles to yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles.  Drivers need to be looking for motorcycles and bicycles and runners and pedestrians that are now sharing our roads again.

For Twin Tiers drivers, please remember DaQuan and his young family. Perhaps his memory will remind drivers of the deadly consequences of even brief distractions while driving.

Legally, it is is NOT a valid excuse for the driver to claim “I never saw the motorcycle” as the law imposes a duty on all drivers to be attentive and to see what is there to be seen. In this case, the driver of the Jeep violently struck DaQuan’s motorcycle, killing him and then flipping over. Per news reports, the unidentified driver was hospitalized.

The driver, who was trying to make a left turn onto an I-86 entrance ramp to go west toward Corning, may still be charged by state police. The investigation continues.

When you head for your vehicle today, remember DaQuan and his family. Be smart. Be safe. Focus on the road ahead of you and what’s happening around you.

Thank you for reading,

ZiffLaw Attorney
Office: (607) 733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)