Schemery Zicolello

Towanda man seriously injured in recent motorcycle accident

People sometimes have a negative opinion about motorcyclists. There is a perception of tough, reckless bikers who don't care about anything or anyone else on the roads. However, the image portrayed in movies and on television doesn't always match up with the reality. Many motorcyclists are law abiding citizens just looking for a fun, cheap and exciting way to travel and see the state of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, many other drivers on the roadways do not pay enough attention to motorcycles and motorcyclists pay the price.

In a recent motorcycle accident, a 24-year-old motorcyclist from Towanda was seriously injured after his motorcycle crashed into the back of a Subaru Legacy in Bradford County. However, following the initial impact, the motorcyclist appears to have lost control over the bike. The back of the other car was damaged; however, the car's driver was uninjured in the accident. Following the accident, the motorcyclist was airlifted via helicopter to a local hospital. Police are still investigating the exact cause of the accident.

Like in this accident, it is not unusual for a motorcyclist to be severely injured in an accident while car and truck drivers are unharmed. Motorcycles provide little protection to riders and, therefore, injuries are common. These injuries can include head injuries, broke bones, spinal cord injuries and road rash, among others. Each of these injuries has the potential to be serious -- and costly.

When motorcyclists are injured because of the negligence of another driver, the motorcyclist can be compensated. Through a personal injury suit motorcyclists can recover the costs of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. This compensation can give motorcyclists the peace of mind they need to focus on their recovery and getting back on the open roads following an accident.

Source: WBNG, "Motorcyclist flown to hospital," Chelsea Bishop, Aug. 5, 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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