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West Texas crash involves car, motorcycle and bus

Despite wearing a helmet, a 30-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a car in El Paso on May 6. The accident occurred at the intersection of Artcraft Road and Westside Drive just before 5:30 p.m., police said.

According to police, a 28-year-old woman was driving a 2012 Dodge Avenger west on Artcraft Road when she attempted to turn left at the intersection and crossed in front of a 2014 Suzuki motorcycle. The 30-year-old motorcyclist was ejected from the bike on impact, police said. Both vehicles then reportedly crashed into a Canutillo Independent School District school bus on Westside Drive.

Investigators said that the woman's failure to yield the right-of-way caused the accident. She was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the accident. Authorities described the man's injuries as life-threatening.

In cases similar to this auto accident, the injured parties may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver responsible for the incident. If successful, the victims may be awarded financial compensation for any hospital bills, medical expenses and lost income directly related to the accident. Furthermore, the compensation may cover expenses associated with long-term rehabilitative care since motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that require months or years to heal.

Proving the defendant's negligence would be a necessity to winning such a lawsuit. Even if the at-fault driver is charged criminally in connection to the incident, the injured victims and their legal representation must still prove to a civil court that the driver should be held accountable for the damages suffered as a result of the crash.

Source: KFOX, "Investigators: Fail to yield the right of way to blame in Artcraft Road crash", Jamel Valencia, Jesse Martinez and Elena Arteaga, May 07, 2014

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