A late July motorcycle accident in St. George, Utah left a motorcyclist seriously injured, according to the St. George News. The motorcyclist had to be airlifted to the Dixie Regional Medical Center after he was hit by a car at the intersection of Bluff Street and Red Hills Parkway on July 31. The rider was part of a multi-state group riding through the area. He had left the group and was heading home to Oregon at the time of the accident.
According to the St. George police, at around 7:30 a.m., the motorcycle rider was traveling northbound on Bluff Street through the Red Cliffs Parkway intersection when he was cut off by a car making a left turn onto Red Hills Parkway during a yellow light. He was able to avoid having an accident with that car, but was subsequently hit in the side by a second car that was trying to make the same turn.
The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to his left leg as a result of the collision, including what police said appeared to be breaks in several places. Due to the severity of his injuries, Life Flight was called in to transport the motorcycle rider to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The driver of the car that hit the rider was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.
“We’re having an alarming rate of motorcycle crashes,” said St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding. “Drivers need to pay attention. People need to look left, right, and left again.”
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[Did you know?: From 2001 to 2008, the number of nonfatal motorcycle injuries treated in ERs increased from 120,000 to 175,000.]
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