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Motorcycle accident kills one and injures several

The fall season can still bring warm weather to locals in West Virginia and its surrounding region. This means that residents still have time to ride their motorcycles before having to store them away for winter. Motorcycle accidents can be very severe and frequently result in serious injuries or fatalities. Drivers should always be attentive, aware of vehicles nearby and use caution when changing lanes. It is always essential for drivers to watch their speeds, be aware of road conditions and follow posted signs.

A West Virginia man was recently killed in a motorcycle crash. He and a group of motorcyclists were taking a ride on a Sunday afternoon. A sports car was traveling toward the group on the opposite side of the road. The sports car came to a right-hand curve and apparently lost control. The car crossed the centerline and struck at least four of the motorcycles in the other lane. Other bikers were injured when they went down in order to avoid being hit by the car. Two were flown by AirCare helicopter to a medical center, while at least four others were transported to a hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. A crash-reconstruction team is exploring causes such as speed and reckless driving. A person injured or killed in a severe accident such as this may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Compensation from a personal injury claim could assist with medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The family members of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Compensation from a wrongful death claim could be used to help with funeral costs, medical bills, loss of future income and pain and suffering.

Motorcycle accidents can be very severe and tragic. The small size of the bike makes it hard for vehicles to see, so drivers should watch their speeds and use caution at all times.

Source: The Rappahannock News, "Motorcyclist dies in head-on crash with out-of-control sports car," Roger Piantadosi, Nov. 15, 2012

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