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Auto accident: car collides with motorcycle near Laurel

In Yellowstone County, Montana, local residents may observe that in most traffic accidents, a motor vehicle is involved. The majority of personal injury claims in the country are caused by car accidents. Factors that might cause such accidents are distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving and failure to follow simple rules and regulations on the road. Many car collisions are governed by negligence. Determining which party is negligent is essential in pursuing damages.

Recently, a collision between a car and a motorcycle was reported in the Laurel area. Reports indicated that the accident happened when a car pulled out of the parking lot and struck the motorcycle, which was traveling west on Highway 10. The motorcyclist sustained injuries and was taken to a local hospital. His motorcycle was also heavily damaged due to the collision.

On the other hand, the driver of the car, a 53-year-old woman, did not sustain any injuries. Police said that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. The driver was cited with failure to yield to traffic and negligent endangerment.

The extent of injuries sustained by the motorcyclist is unknown at present. Depending on the injuries, the treatment may be costly, especially if it involves rehabilitation and therapies, in addition to the surgery.

In many motorcycle and car accidents, the accident victim may pursue the liable driver in civil court through a personal injury lawsuit. This would allow the motorcyclist to obtain compensation to which he or she may be entitled.

A legal professional specializing in personal injury claims may provide assistance to the victim of a motorcycle or car accident. The legal professional may collaborate with doctors and other medical practitioners in determining the total costs of treatment, which will be included in the lawsuit. Aside from medical reimbursement, car collision victims may also obtain damages for lost wages and pain and suffering.

The costs associated with recovering from a serious car crash can quickly add up, not to mention costs incurred in the worst-case scenario where the victim dies. Not only can a personal injury lawsuit provide the victim or their loved ones with monetary compensation, but it can also be a way to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Source: Billingsgazette.com, "Motorcyclist injured in collision with car near Laurel," May 30, 2013

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