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Highway 312 collision leaves motorcyclist seriously injured

A person who has driven in Montana may have no idea of the routes in, say, New York City. But failure to know traffic patterns does not excuse the driver from any violation of local traffic laws, as a recent car accident demonstrates.

The accident, which occurred on Highway 312, involved a sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle, leaving the motorcyclist critically injured after trying to avoid hitting the SUV. The driver of the SUV was apparently trying to make a turn off the highway but, ignorant of local traffic, failed to yield to the motorcycle. The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control and had to be transported away from the accident site by ambulance. The SUV driver will receive a citation for failing to yield.

Luckily for both parties involved in the accident, there were no fatalities. But the pain and suffering caused in this accident could have been avoided had the SUV driver been more accustomed to driving in the neighborhood. If the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet that may also have helped reduce the injury as well.

In some accidents the investigation of the crash itself gets very complicated. This necessitates taking a legal approach to determine who is at fault and, subsequently, who must pay the required compensation in many cases. In this instance, the motorcyclist could receive compensation for his injuries through the SUV driver's liability insurance. Every collision on the road can be a cautionary tale for other drivers about the kind of errors to be avoided while driving a vehicle.

Source: Billings Gazette, "Motorcyclist injured in Highway 312 accident", July 2, 2014

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