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Motorcycle hit, biker injured in Erie

Many motorcycle accidents involve a driver of another motor vehicle who fails to properly yield the right of way to the biker. Accidents like this usually happen at an entrance to a parking lot or a busy intersection where drivers are particularly responsible to be vigilant of motorcycles and give them plenty of room to pass or turn.

Here, in western Pennsylvania, motorcycle popularity has exploded in recent years. Since 2008, the number of registered bikers in our region has nearly doubled. Most bikers understand the risks and are responsible drivers. However, in so many cases, we find that it is an inattentive driver of a car or truck who is negligent and strikes the motorcyclist, leaving him or her seriously injured or dead and a family devastated. 

A Chrysler PT Cruiser collided with a motorcyclist in Erie on Saturday evening. The accident happened on the 900 block of Brown Avenue near West 21st Street and Lombardo's Tavern. Traffic at the intersection of West 21st and Brown was halted from some time while police and first responders cleared the scene.

A tow truck was called to the accident to take away the mangled motorcycle and its driver was rushed to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The car suffered minimal damage and the driver of the car did not appear to be injured. He spoke to police as they investigated the scene. Police haven't made an official statement about the accident, but did say that the investigation in ongoing.

Source: WICU, "Car and Motorcycle Collide" 12 April 2014

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