When a vehicle accident involves a motorcyclist, the outcome of the crash is often catastrophic. A person on a bike has little in the way to shield him or her from the impact of another vehicle. As a result, injury and death are not uncommon. Unfortunately, one man recently perished after being involved in a motorcycle crash in West Virginia recently.
The man was operating his motorcycle while heading north on U.S. 35. The 60-year-old motorcyclist ended up being hit by an automobile, police said. He died at the crash scene.
The accident occurred in Mason County during the late morning hours on a recent Sunday. The person driving the car that hit the motorcyclist was a 24-year-old man. A female passenger was in the vehicle with him. She suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. Her condition was reported as fair.
Police continued to investigate the crash, and they said charges were pending. In addition to potentially facing criminal charges in this motorcycle crash, the younger man who was driving the car might end up facing legal troubles in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead motorcyclist’s loved ones. If the car driver was found to have disobeyed a traffic law or been driving while distracted, this could be deemed negligent driver behavior. Under West Virginia law, the family reserves the right to pursue a claim for monetary damages, and any sums ultimately awarded — which must be based upon proof of negligence — may help cover the man’s funeral costs, loss of support and other financial losses related to the fatal accident.
Source: wchstv.com, “Names Released In Crash That Kills One, Injures One In Mason County”, Kaylin Searles, June 8, 2014