Riding a motorcycle is a double edged sword. Yes, it gives you a beautiful sense of freedom and makes you look cooler than anyone else on the road. But, and it’s a big “but,” you have to deal with motorists who don’t see you and even ones who are openly hostile toward you. You’re completely exposed, so when an accident does happen, catastrophic injuries usually follow. Now throw drunk or distracted drivers into the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Those elements came together with tragic results one night in late January. A 47-year-old motorcyclist was heading south when he was hit by a man driving a Lincoln northbound. The motorcycle rider was thrown from his bike. Emergency rescue crews arrived at the scene and transported the man to a nearby hospital, but he was unable to recover from his injuries.
During an investigation, authorities discovered that the driver of the Lincoln was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He is now facing charges of operating under the influence.
Of course, any charges or criminal convictions for the driver won’t do anything to help the family of the motorcyclist. On top of the emotional devastation, they may have to deal with medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages.
If a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, you should never have to shoulder the burden of expenses like these. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you get compensation.
Source: fox61.com, “Driver arrested in Hamden crash that killed motorcyclist,” Jim McKeever, January 27, 2017
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