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Near-fatal motorcycle accident in Virginia

For Virginia residents, time spent on the road is often necessary. Individuals often must travel to work, social activities or grocery stores. Most people don't let the threat of an accident keep them from living their lives. When an accident does occur, however, lives can be turned inside out in a matter of moments.

A near-fatal motorcycle accident in Roanoke, Virginia, has left a motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries. The accident, which involved the motorcycle and an SUV, is still under investigation, say authorities.

According to police, the motorcyclist was a 62-year-old man from a nearby state. Police say that a driver in a GMC Envoy approached an intersection at the same time the motorcyclist did and attempted to make a left-hand turn. The motorcycle crashed into the Envoy at some point during the turn. The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital to be treated.

Although investigators have not yet determined for certain what happened, the motorcycle reportedly hit the SUV. However, such a conclusion would not mean that the accident is automatically deemed the motorcycle driver's fault. In any accident, investigations are essential to determining which driver or drivers could be at fault or negligent in the incident. For example, if a driver fails to yield at an intersection, he or she could be deemed at fault even if another vehicle hit them.

Following the conclusion of any accident investigation, the motorcyclist or family members may want to consider a personal injury claim. A civil claim can help a victim and family seek compensation that can help with financial burdens resulting from the crash such as medical treatment and lost wages.

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