MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK AND INJURED BY DRIVER MAKING LEFT TURN
Aug 28, 2013 - Motorcycle Accidents
Driving or riding on a motorcycle is exciting. It is a common and legitimate hobby or form of entertainment for several Pennsylvania residents, and although the dangers of this activity are frequently stressed, numerous motorcyclists are seen all over the roadways. Nevertheless, when a motorcycle crash occurs, the biker and even their passengers can experience serious injuries and even death.
Because motorcycles are small in size, these vehicles can often go undetected on the roadway. A recent collision between a truck and a motorcycle in Hatfield Township may illustrate this point. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred around 6:20 p.m. when a motorcyclist was heading west on Welsh Road while a pickup truck was heading east on the roadway. It was reported that the truck driver collided with the motorcyclist when the truck made a left turn from Welsh Road into the driveway of a shopping center.
When emergency crews responded to the accident, they transported the motorcyclist to the hospital for treatment. It was suspected that the man suffered broken legs and other upper and lower body injuries. It wasn’t reported whether the truck driver suffered any injuries. Investigators located the biker’s helmet where it came to rest in the driveway and indicated that the visor on the helmet detached in the accident.
The motorcycle accident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time. The cause of the accident has not been determined, but the truck driver might have failed to yield to oncoming traffic. This could result in a citation and even a claim filed by the injured motorcyclist. He could file a personal injury claim in order to recover expenses associated with the crash such as medical bills, rehabilitation, damages and lost wages.
A motorcycle accident could result in severe damages and serious injuries. It is important that drivers on the roadway remain on the lookout for these small vehicles traveling on the roads. This means double checking blind spots and mirrors before turning and being attentive to oncoming traffic. Those involved in a motorcycle accident should seek to understand their options and may wish to have assistance with any claims they wish to file.
Source: The Reporter, “Motorcyclist hit, flown after Welsh Road accident,” Dan Sokil, Aug. 23, 2013