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A motorcyclist in Cannington required hospital care for injuries after a serious crash late last month. The collision, which happened at approximately 9 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, involved the motorcycle and a pickup truck.

Witnesses reported that the pickup truck was traveling westbound when it attempted to turn south. The turning pickup truck forced the oncoming motorcycle rider to hit his brakes quickly, which caused him to go flying over his handlebars. One witness said that the motorcyclist may have flown six or seven feet through the air.

A passing motorist, who was not involved in the crash, but was traveling right behind the pickup truck, quickly stopped her vehicle to help the injured motorcyclist. She said that as soon as she saw the collision, she had to help. She stabilized the motorcyclist's head, fearing that he might have a neck injury, and tended to him until paramedics and an ambulance arrived on scene. She said that the motorcyclist was lucky not to have suffered worse injuries.

As police tended to the accident scene and investigated what happened, Cameron Street required closure of both its directions. At this time, it is unknown whether the truck driver or the motorcyclist was deemed to be at fault for the crash. Once fault has been decided conclusively, however, then the injured motorcyclist will have a clear picture as to whether he may have a viable claim for damages relating to the crash.

When an Ontario driver or motorcyclist is obediently following the law, driving responsibly and doing everything in his or her power to avoid a crash, it is certainly commendable. However, no driver will ever be completely safe from getting injured in a car accident. This is why personal injury laws exist, to ensure that injured passengers and drivers -- among other victims from other kinds of accidents -- have an avenue to seek financial restitution from the at-fault party or parties responsible for their injuries.

Source: mykawartha.com, "Motorcyclist rushed to hospital following accident in Cannington," Scott Howard, Aug. 17, 2016

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