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Motorcyclist suffers injury in collision a few hours from Cabell


Just several hours east of the Cabell area, a recent motorcycle accident sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with injuries that were described as life-threatening. The 26-year-old motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The motorcycle apparently collided with a vehicle that had pulled out in front of it. The accident is being investigated by police.

Motorcyclists can experience challenges on the roadway that other vehicles do not. The unique position motorcycles are in on the roadways can leave motorcycle riders exposed and unprotected. Oftentimes, because motorcycles are a smaller visual target than other vehicles, drivers that are not alert, such as distracted or careless drivers, may fail to see a motorcyclist. In fact, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist and caused the accident.

Because of the vulnerability of motorcycle riders on the roadways, motorcyclists can suffer catastrophic injuries that can sometimes lead to permanent disability. As a result, victims of motorcycle collisions may be able to recover damages from a negligent driver through a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim for damages may allow a motorcycle accident victim to recover compensation for damages the victim has suffered as a result of the accident which can include medical expenses, future medical care costs and lost wages.

Based on the liability of the negligent party, motorcycle accident victims may be able to recover compensation for expenses that will allow the injured victim to focus on recovery. A trained personal injury attorney can help an injured victim through the process of bringing a claim for damages.

Source: NBC29.com, "'Albemarle Police Investigate Motorcycle Accident on Garth Road," Feb. 1, 2014

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