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Motorcyclist hits SUV after vehicle fails to yield; rider injured

May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, during the last few days of May, another Pennsylvania motorcyclist was injured because of a possibly negligent driver's failure to yield.

The motorcycle accident occurred May 24 in Bald Eagle Township, Pennsylvania. A 49-year-old man was riding his motorcycle that morning when an SUV driven by a 29-year-old man turned into a driveway directly in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was unable to stop and smashed directly into the SUV on the passenger's side. The man on the motorcycle was seriously injured in the accident. He was airlifted to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

Accidents like this happen all too often in Pennsylvania and around the country. Motorists often claim they did not see a motorcycle and that is why an accident occurred. However, this is no excuse. Those driving cars and trucks have a responsibility to look for motorcycles, which have a right to be on the road and should not suffer at the hands of negligent or distracted drivers.

When motorcycle riders are hit by a car or truck, they are at a great disadvantage. Motorcyclists have very little protection against larger and heavier vehicles. Therefore, motorcycle riders, like the man in this accident, often suffer serious injuries even if they are wearing protective gear like helmets and pads.

The injuries suffered by the man in this accident, and those like him, can have a lifelong effect. He may need surgeries, rehabilitation and time off from work. Also, the man may have thousands of dollars worth of medical bills because of the accident. The motorcyclist should not have to bear these costs alone, however. An experienced personal injury attorney can help motorcyclists recover damages.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, "Motorcyclist critical after crash with SUV," May 25, 2012

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