Truck, Motorcycle Accident Claim Lives of 3, Injure 2
Motorcycles are one of the most exhilarating ways to travel. Unfortunately, they can also be one of the most dangerous ways to travel. When a motorcycle is involved in a highway accident in Philadelphia, the driver and passenger have little protection beyond their helmets. Injuries that are sustained in a motorcycle accident are typically more serious and can leave the victim with broken bones, a head injury or a permanent disability that requires long-term care. In some cases, the results can also be deadly.
A late night/early morning ride turned into a fatal auto accident for three people recently. Two motorcycles, each with passengers on the back, were traveling east on a highway when a westbound truck lost control, swerving back and forth. The driver of one motorcycle was able to turn to avoid hitting the truck, laying his motorcycle down in the process. The pair on that bike sustained head injuries that were not life threatening. The driver and passenger on the other motorcycle were not so lucky; that motorcyclist was unable to avoid hitting the truck after it slid sideways in front of his bike. The impact of the collision sent both vehicles over a guard rail. The driver of the truck as well as the driver and passenger on that motorcycle were all pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time what caused the driver of the truck to lose control; any number of factors could have caused the accident including distracted driving, drowsy driving or driving under the influence.
Those who sustain catastrophic injuries or lose a loved one in an auto accident may want to speak with an attorney regarding their rights. If it is determined that the other party involved in the auto accident is at fault, others involved in the accident may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages or long-term care.
Source: Al.com, “3 people killed in Highway 119 wreck involving truck, 2 motorcycles (updated),” Kelsey Stein, June 2, 2013