Many people in Essex County enjoy riding their motorcycles and these two-wheeled vehicles seem more popular than ever before. However, riding a motorcycle is not without risk, especially if a distracted driver in a four-wheeled vehicle fails to see it. With only clothing and helmet to protect them, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to suffer a severe head injury, broken bones, or internal bleeding.

A 57-year-old Fall River man was flown to a nearby hospital after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident at the state line. Apparently, the man was trapped under the SUV that hit him, after his bike skidded. A combined effort from first responders on both sides of the line managed to free him but before he could be taken by MedFlight, he went into cardiac arrest, requiring stabilization at another hospital.

While not all of the details relating to the accident are known, it appears that the woman driving the SUV was in the process of making a left turn from the opposing lane of traffic. It is unknown whether she simply didn’t see him in the dark or whether other factors were involved.

With the catastrophic injuries the man suffered, he is likely to be in the hospital for some time and likely will lose a considerable amount of income while accumulating bills. Even if the woman is not cited for a criminal action, he may be able to win a compensatory award against her to cover his growing expenses. Motorcyclists that are injured from negligent drivers may want to seek the help of a legal professional to hold those drivers financially responsible.

Source: The Herald News, “Motorcycle rider still in serious condition after SUV collision,” Michael Holtzman, April 1, 2013

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