Motorcycles can be exciting, giving riders a sense of freedom and adventure.
However, they can also be very dangerous, as they provide riders much
less protection than other vehicles do. No greater an example of this
is there than a recent
accident that took place early this week in the Salem area. A motorcyclist was
riding down Marion Street Bridge when he collided with a car, causing
the rider to fly off his bike and over bridge, falling into the river below.
The injured motorcyclist was quickly fished out of the Willamette River
by a nearby boater. Shortly after he was taken to Salem Hospital, where
he was treated for life-threatening injuries.
Police Investigate the Cause of the Collision
Salem Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation quickly shut down
several lanes of the bridge to investigate the accident and clean up any
debris. This caused some serious traffic problems on the bridge for numerous
hours. According to police, the collision occurred around 12:45 p.m. The
impact between the vehicle and the motorcycle was said to have caused
the rider to lose control, ultimately throwing him off the bridge and
into the river.
Police are also grateful that it was such a nice day, with many boaters
out on the river. If it had not been for the attentive boater who leapt
into action to save the fallen rider, the outcome could have been much
different and more tragic for all involved. Police are still investigating
what ultimately caused the initial collision between the vehicles and
will likely release a full accident report in the future.
If you or a loved one have been in any type of
vehicle accident, whether involving a motorcycle,
semi-truck, or SUV, it is important that you get legal counsel by your side. Call
our firm to set up a