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Car's U-turn likely causes motorcycle to crash

A 40-year old motorcyclist was badly injured in Burbank after a car made a U-turn directly in front of him. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision and in the process the rider ended up breaking several bones.

"The motorcycle was embedded in her car," an investigating police officer was quoted as saying. The officer also reported that the motorcycle rider was thrown about 50 feet down the road. Police are continuing in their investigation of this matter.

The accident occurred at the 6700 block of Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday evening, and the injured motorcyclist was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It appears that the rider suffered two broken legs, a broken pelvis, a broken neck and various head injuries. Remarkably, the motorcycle rider remained alive following the crash.

It's difficult to know what the driver was thinking when performing the U-turn that likely resulted in this crash. Many motorcycle accidents come about because drivers are under the assumption that a motorcycle rider can avoid a collision with the vehicle under almost any circumstance. Yet motorcycles are like so many other vehicles on the road where collisions are impossible to avoid when their vehicle is cut-off.

What makes motorcycles different from cars or trucks on the road are the vulnerability of riders to injuries when an accident does occur. Attorneys that represent motorcycle riders will take steps for these riders to be compensated for these injuries. And what these attorneys will also do is establish that motorcycle riders have the same rights on the road as other drivers.

Source: Daily News Los Angeles, "Motorcyclist injured with broken bones in crash near Burbank," Jan. 27, 2013

  • Our Long Beach, California lawyers' website contains information regarding the legal rights of riders involved in motorcycle accidents.

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