As the weather improves, more and more people in Colorado will be bringing out their motorcycles. For many riders, this is good news, but experienced riders also know that this means there is an increased risk of motorcycle vs. car accidents. Recently, a teenager was involved in an accident and is in the hospital in serious condition.
The 19-year-old exited a strip mall onto South Academy in Colorado Springs. As he was headed southbound on Academy, a truck heading north turned into the path of the motorcycle rider without warning. The young man had no chance at avoiding a collision with the truck.
The impact threw the rider off of his bike. He slammed into the windshield of the truck and bounced off of it onto the street. The truck driver was not injured in the crash, but the teen suffered life threatening injuries. Authorities don't believe that speed or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. The driver of the truck was given several citations including one for careless driving.
In the meantime, the victim is still hospitalized as of this writing. As is the case with other motorcycle vs. car accidents in Colorado, the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver. Filing a civil suit may not heal his wounds any faster, but a successfully navigated claim may help with the financial stresses that accompany serious injuries. The teen will be facing ever mounting medical bills, lost wages and other damages that are recoverable in a civil action.
Source: kktv.com, "Teen In Serious Condition After Motorcycle Crash," April 30, 2013