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Motorcycle Accident Victim Hospitalized

Victor Lewin - Friday, October 25, 2013

One man was hospitalized after an alleged street racing incident in Halifax Oct. 22. The motorcycle accident, which occurred in the south end of the city, is being investigated by Halifax police.

According to one witness, a white car and a motorcycle were both speeding at about 7 p.m. on Young Avenue. Police indicate that the vehicles were traveling north in a route that took the drivers over a small bridge away from Point Pleasant Park. The witness reports that the two vehicles went airborne when they got to the bridge. Moments later, the motorcycle crashed into a parked car, causing its 33-year-old driver to be launched into the parked car. A passenger was also thrown from the vehicle, but he or she was reportedly uninjured. The driver of the white car did not stop after the accident. The 33-year-old driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

While police say that they believe speed was a factor, they say that they have not yet determined whether the accident was a result of the vehicles being involved in a race. They are seeking the driver of the white vehicle.

Halifax personal injury lawyers may be able to assist individuals who are injured in motorcycle accidents even if the victims are partially at fault since Nova Scotia's Contributory Negligence Act allows for individuals injured in accidents to which they contributed to possibly secure compensation if another party involved was also partially liable. In this case, depending on what authorities discover during the course of their investigation, the driver of the white car may be held partially liable if he or she witnessed the accident and did not stop to render assistance or if he or she restricted the lane of travel and caused the motorcyclist to collide with the parked vehicle.

Source: CBC News, "Young Avenue drag race sends motorcyclist to hospital", October 22, 2013

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