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Indiana motorcycle accidents: Biker injured by wrong-way driver

Riding a motorcycle is a wonderful experience for experienced bikers, as there is something about the wind blowing in one's face as one takes in the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents occur more often than many would like to admit and can often result in very serious or fatal injuries. A 20-year-old man here in Indiana was recently rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car while riding his motorcycle.

According to authorities, the man was operating his motorcycle on Interstate 65. A 66-year-old woman tried to make a U-turn after realizing she was heading the wrong way on the road on which she was traveling. When she changed lanes to do so, she drove directly into the path of the man's motorcycle.

The victim was immediately thrown from his bike, and he suffered several injuries, including abrasions and broken arms. Thankfully, he was wearing a helmet, which authorities say probably saved his life. He was taken by helicopter to a local hospital for medical treatment. The woman was issued a citation for attempting to make an illegal U-turn. It is not clear if any criminal charges will be filed.

The sad thing here is that this collision, like many other motorcycle accidents in Indiana, appears to have been completely avoidable. If the woman had simply observed the law and resisted the urge to make a U-turn, she likely could have kept from driving into the bike's path. It is unfortunate that so many drivers fail to keep an eye out for motorcycles. The injured biker is entitled to pursue a civil lawsuit against the driver. A successfully navigated claim could result in a monetary judgment as reparation for the damages sustained due to the car driver's apparent negligence.

Source: nwitimes.com, "DeMotte motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after crash on I-65", Sarah Reese, Sept. 13, 2015

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