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Hartford resident, 3 others, injured in motorcycle accident

A Hartford man was injured in Wethersfield this past week in a serious accident involving four motorcycles. The crash closed Route 15 near Maple Avenue for over six hours as investigators reviewed the scene of the motorcycle accident.

Along with the Hartford man, two men from East Hartford and one woman, also from East Hartford, were involved in the crash. Of the four motorcycles involved, all but one was totaled according to Connecticut state police.

While it was reported that the motorcyclists were taken to local hospitals following the collision, their condition was not immediately known. Further, police did not immediately say what caused the crash, instead asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Such a time delay in determining the cause of a motorcycle crash is not altogether uncommon. While two vehicles colliding leave obvious markings which indicate the direction of the vehicles and the point of impact, motorcycle crashes may not be so easy to diagnose.

Often times, a motorcyclist will be forced to make a desperate maneuver after a negligent driver swerves into their lane or turns out in front of them. As a result, the biker may lay down his or her motorcycle without ever having collided with another vehicle. This outcome, though, does not mean the driver of the other vehicle is not responsible. Whether the injury caused broken bones resulting in a few weeks of missed work or a serious neck injury requiring months of rehabilitation, a person injured in a motorcycle crash has the right to seek compensation from the responsible party.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Several Injured in Wethersfield Motorcycle Crash," Aug. 1, 2014

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