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Motorcyclist flown to hospital after accident

Summer is filled with fun destinations and bike rallies for motorcycle enthusiasts. West Virginia can be an especially scenic destination. However, car and truck drivers must be mindful that motorcycles share the road and keep a watchful eye out for them, as they are less visible than other vehicles. A recent statistic indicates that safety is still a concern for motorcyclists: 29 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in the first nine months of 2010 in West Virginia.

The injuries in a motorcycle crash are also often very severe, despite a law requiring both the driver and passenger of a motorcycle to wear helmets and eye protection while riding. In one recent example, the motorcyclist had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained. The man is currently listed in fair condition. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which has not yet been determined. It is also unclear whether another vehicle was involved in the incident.

West Virginia laws dictate that motorcycles are allowed the same privileges and must abide by the same prohibitions as other motorized vehicles on the road. Like car owners, a motorcycle owner must also carry liability insurance.

However, the reduced visibility of motorcycles to other drivers on the road still results in too many accidents. Far too many car or truck drivers fail to see motorcyclists in their blind spots or peripheral vision. Motorists may also fail to see motorcyclists when turning or lane changing.

If you are a motorcyclist and were injured by another motorist's negligent driving, an attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries, hospital bills, lost wages and any other damages. Even if you were partly at fault, you may still be able to obtain a partial recovery, after fault is apportioned for the cause of the accident.

Source: WBOY, "One Flown to Ruby After Motorcycle Crash on Route 19," July 6, 2012

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