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Motorcyclists face criminal charges for accident

When a motorist causes an automobile accident in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, the law states that the motorist must stop and check on the other people involved in the crash. It is also necessary for those who are involved in the accident to stay on the scene and wait until authorities arrive. Failing to do so can constitute a hit-and-run and land the person who flees the scene in hot water with the law.

This is the case for a motorcyclist who left the scene of a truck accident in Richmond, Wisconsin. The 26-year-old was just one of two motorcyclists involved in a collision with a semi, but instead of staying and waiting until authorities arrived, the man left and did not report the accident. Because the other motorcyclist was injured in the accident, the man was charged recently with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failing to report it.

The accident occurred in April when a 19-year-old motorcyclist crashed into a semi-truck that was traveling in the opposite direction. The biker was taken to the hospital via helicopter for treatment and was eventually released. He was charged with improper lane use, operating a vehicle that was uninsured and possessing a fraudulent driver’s license, a charge that constitutes a felony if he is convicted. At some point the other 26-year-old motorcyclist was also involved in the accident.

It is not clear if the truck driver sustained any injuries in the accident. If he did, he may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss his case.

Source: Sun Times, “Wisconsin men charged after April crash in northwest suburb, Jordan Owen," June 17, 2014

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