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Motorcycle accident injures Jersey Shore man

With summer in full swing in Pennsylvania, more motorcycles are out on the roads enjoying the beautiful weather and saving on gas. Cars, trucks and SUVs all need to be careful and remember to look for motorcycles. Their small size makes it easy for them to be missed, especially if a driver is not paying close attention. This inattention can easily cause serious motorcycle accidents.

Recently, a car hit a motorcycle near Mifflin Township. The accident occurred as a 53-year-old Jersey Shore resident was driving a Toyota Tacoma southbound on Route 287. The driver of the Tacoma was trying to turn left into a drive just as a 22-year-old Jersey Shore resident driving a motorcycle on the car's left hand side.

As the car turned, it hit the motorcycle. As a result of this collision, the motorcycle spun clockwise 45 degrees and hit the ground. At this point, the motorcycle started to flip over multiple times. Finally, the motorcycle hit a tree and stopped. The motorcyclist was injured in the accident despite the fact that he was wearing a helmet.

While the police will continue to investigate this accident to determine its exact cause, a failure to yield seems like a possibility. Cars and trucks need to remember to yield to passing motorcycles and not try to outrun them. In cases where cars don't yield, the driver may be found negligent and be financially responsible for the accident.

Motorcyclists should be careful to protect their legal rights following a motorcycle accident. Sometimes popular opinion can be quick to place blame on the motorcycle for causing the accident. However, many times a car or truck is at fault. Motorcyclists should not be afraid to assert their legal rights to get the compensation they deserve from negligent drivers.

Source: Northcentral PA, "Motorcycle Accidents Send Occupants to Local Hospitals," June 4, 2013

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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