Motorcyclist killed in Connecticut crash
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 02, 2012 in Motorcycle Accidents
There are a large number of people in Connecticut who enjoy getting out on the open road on their motorcycles. This enjoyable ride can take a devastating turn, however, if the motorcyclist is involved in an accident.
Often times, car and truck drivers claim that they did not see a motorcycle after they have been in an accident with one. Motorcycles are certainly smaller than cars, but that does not mean that drivers can ignore them on the roads or give them any less consideration. In fact, because motorcycles are smaller and offer less protection in an accident, the rider is often the one who suffers serious injuries in the event of an accident.
This was the result of a recent accident between a motorcycle rider and truck carrying two men in Fairfield, Connecticut. Details of the crash are still being investigated, but police report that the motorcyclist skidded into the back of semi truck on the highway.
The rider received medical attention, but on the way to the hospital in the ambulance, the man succumbed to his serious head and internal injuries. The two men inside the truck received no injuries whatsoever in the crash. This is often the case in accidents involving a motorcycle and a larger vehicle. Because of their size and power, cars and trucks can often to the majority of damage to the smaller, lighter motorcycle while the car passengers suffer minor injuries or none at all.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are about 34 times more likely than car passengers to die in a traffic accident. Those who are not killed often suffer life-changing, and lifelong, injuries such as a brain injury or paralysis. Identifying any negligent parties that may have contributed to a crash is a good idea for victims and their families because it gives them the opportunity to seek much-needed compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Connecticut Post, "Orange motorcyclist killed in Fairfield crash," Michael P. Mayko, Sept. 22, 2012
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