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Motorcyclist injured in Louisiana crash

A collision involving a motorcycle and a truck injured one person on March 2 in Metairie. The crash took place around 7:15 a.m.

According to a representative from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, the accident happened when the truck turned in front of the motorcyclist, who was headed north. The truck was reportedly making a left turn. The motorcycle hit the vehicle, and the motorcyclist flew from his bike due to the impact. The motorcycle then slid into another vehicle and hit its gas tank, causing it to light on fire due to sparks from the wreck.

Only the driver of the motorcycle was injured in the accident. He reportedly suffered multiple broken bones, though the injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. A witness reported that the motorcyclist was conscious after the accident and said he was unable to stop and avoid the vehicle.

While the driver of the motorcycle hit the other vehicle, this does not necessarily mean the motorcyclist is responsible for the accident. The authorities sometimes reconstruct an accident in an attempt to find out the cause. If the driver of the other vehicle was impaired, driving recklessly or not paying attention to their surroundings, they may be responsible for the crash. Many drivers fail to look for motorcycles on the road and end up causing preventable accidents. When a motorcyclist is injured in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, the motorcyclist can seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages from the responsible driver.

Source: NOLA, "Motorcyclist injured in Monday morning Metairie crash," Michelle Hunter, March 2, 2015

Source: WGNO, "Motorcyclist injured in fiery Metairie wreck on Causeway Blvd," March 2, 2015

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