Owning and operating a motorcycle offers a unique and prized degree of freedom for many enthusiasts. Their speed, agility and overall attractiveness make them dream rides for millions of Americans. Beyond that, motorcycles are becoming increasingly reliable and convenient forms of transportation as gas prices consistently go up. As more and more motorcycles populate West Virginia roads, then, it's important that drivers recognize and respect their presence so that everyone can get to their destination safely. A driver may have learned this lesson a little too late to protect one motorcyclist, according to accusations posed against him in a lawsuit filed by the victim of a serious motorcycle accident.
The man who is accused of causing the accident in Charleston, West Virginia, was driving an SUV when he allegedly struck the victim's Harley-Davidson.
The motorcycle driver was seriously injured from being hit by the vehicle. The force of the impact was apparently so intense that the victim's body struck the ground after he was hurled from his bike.
The victim's lawsuit notes that in addition to having his leg amputated, he has suffered physical and mental trauma as a result of the motorcycle collision. He is seeking compensation for the injuries he has sustained in addition to the medical care he will continue to require.
Given that the defendant in the case is a medical doctor and was working at the time of the crash, his practice is also being sued by the victim. The lawsuit specifies that the defendant was a negligent driver, hitting the motorcycle instead of giving it the right of way.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Motorcyclist sues physician for car accident, amputated leg," Kyla Asbury, Jan. 31, 2013