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Negligence behind the wheel causes many motorcycle accidents

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Most motorcycle riders will tell those they know that there is no feeling on earth that makes them feel as free as when they are riding on their bikes. Along with the exhilaration, however, often come feelings of fear when others on the road are not aware that the bikers are alongside them, creating the potential for motorcycle accidents with their lack of attention. The number of motorcycle accidents on Colorado roads rose by one this past weekend when a man driving an SUV hit a bike.

A report on the incident did not specify what happened to cause the SUV to collide with the motorcycle. After police arrived on the scene, they did verify that the driver of the SUV had been drinking enough to impair his driving. He was placed under arrest.

The motorcycle driver and the passenger were thrown from the bike by the impact. The degree of their injuries was not reported, but the passenger was said to be seriously hurt. They were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. The fact that they were both wearing helmets at the time of the collision helped in reducing their levels of injury.

Not only might the driver of the SUV be facing prosecution for driving under the influence, the bike riders have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against him. Should they win a monetary award, they will be able to use it to help pay for damages to the bike and for medical costs above insurance disbursements. Colorado residents who have suffered injury in motorcycle accidents will want representation from someone who has a thorough knowledge of the state's personal injury laws.

Source: gazette.com, "One seriously hurt in Saturday motorcycle crash in west Colorado Springs", Chhun Sun, Oct. 2, 2016

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