A tragic accident occurred recently on the highway during a morning commute. A Ford, driven by a 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman, rear-ended a 46-year-old motorcyclist, throwing him from his vehicle. Sadly, the motorcycle accident resulted in the man losing his life. The woman was cited for speeding in the wake of this incident.
The accident reportedly occurred at around 9:30 a.m. Upon a preliminary investigation, authorities indicate that a motorcyclist was traveling on a busy highway before slowing down due to traffic congestion. A woman driving a Ford approached from behind and slammed into the back of the motorcycle. The force of the impact locked the Ford to the back of the motorcycle. The rider was thrown off of his vehicle and the motorcycle crashed into a concrete wall.
Even though the man was wearing a safety helmet, he died as a result of the crash. The woman sustained only minor injuries. Part of the highway was closed off following the accident. According to authorities, the woman was speeding at the time of the crash and she was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.
A fatal motorcycle accident can be traumatizing for the surviving family members and loved ones. The family of the deceased motorcyclist is likely grieving over their loss. The family may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver to recover financial compensation for funeral costs and mental anguish. The civil court system in Pennsylvania typically adjudicates these types of lawsuits and may award monetary compensation based upon evidence that the death was caused by the other party's negligence.
Source: phillyburbs.com, Police: Motorcyclist killed after being struck on I-95 by Palmyra woman, Jo Ciavaglia, Aug. 22, 2013