Motorcyclists are a prevalent sight in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. It is imperative that riders and drivers of conventional vehicles share the road, are predictable, adhere to traffic signals and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. When a car accident involves a motorcycle, there is a significant chance that serious injuries and fatalities will occur. It is also important when these car accidents occur that those involved stop. Sometimes they do not, making matters worse.
A motorcyclist was seriously hurt when his bike was hit by a car. The accident happened at around 9 p.m. The investigation showed that the rider was heading south and near the intersection. A car that was going north turned left into its path. The rider, 20, was thrown from his bike. He was found by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital. Although the driver of the 2014 Ford Focus initially fled, the woman, 34, later turned herself in to law enforcement. She has been charged with several traffic violations.
There are several levels to any car crash in which people are injured or killed. With injuries, there will be the likelihood of medical care, hospitalization, broken bones, surgical procedures and rehabilitation. There could be lost wages from the person being unable to return to work. This can place a financial and emotional weight on the person and his or her family. When it is a motorcycle accident, there is a greater risk of injuries to the rider because of the inherent vulnerability that a person who is unprotected by a vehicle's outer shell faces. Litigation is often the only way to receive adequate compensation for all that was lost.
In this accident, a motorcycle rider was hit when a vehicle turned into his path. He was thrown and suffered serious injuries. Although the driver of the vehicle turned herself in after fleeing the scene, that does not alter the reality that she is believed to have turned into the rider's path and fled. The rider and his family should make certain they are protected.
Source: wpxi.com, "Woman turns herself in for involvement in Route 51 motorcycle accident," Sept. 16, 2017