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Motorcycle runs stop sign, injuring 3 people

Three people suffered injuries in northern New York when a motorcyclist with a passenger apparently went through a stop sign and slammed into a car at the intersection.

The crash happened up in Au Sable on Sunday, May 12, in the afternoon. According to reports from the police, the driver of the motorcycle was an 18-year-old man. He had a 16-year-old passenger on the back of the bike with him. In the impact, both teens were ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the street.

When emergency crews arrived, they determined that both of the teens were hurt and rushed them to the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. The person who was driving the car also had injuries, though the crews were able to render treatment at the crash scene.

Running a stop sign is one of the surest ways to cause an accident, and it's also one of the easiest mistakes to avoid. Why do drivers continue to do it? Per the American Safety Council, a few reasons include:

  • They got distracted and did not see the sign in the first place
  • They did not see any other traffic and decided to run the sign on purpose
  • They slowed down and did not bother to come to a complete stop
  • They were in a rush and tried to hurry through without stopping
  • They felt pressure from friends to run the stop sign

In the above incident, the motorcyclist allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign. The crash underscores just how dangerous these issues can be. If you get injured in a wreck at an intersection, make sure you know what legal rights you have.

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