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Rider dies in head-on motorcycle crash in West Virginia

Many residents of West Virginia enjoy the experience of riding a motorcycle, whether as a recreational hobby or a primary source of transportation. Yet, like anyone on the road, there is always the possibility that a biker's morning commute or leisurely weekend ride can be interrupted by a collision. In such cases, the motorcyclist is often the one left facing more severe consequences. Sadly, one recent motorcycle accident in West Virginia left a rider dead through no apparent fault of his own.

The accident began when the driver of an SUV travelling toward the motorcycle lost control of the vehicle. As the vehicle began to leave the road to the right, the driver swerved the SUV back to the left but overcorrected the vehicle straight into the line of the motorcycle. According to authorities, the accident was a head-on collision.

The motorcycle and SUV both went over an embankment, and the 58-year-old rider was launched from his bike. Although he was quickly transported to a local hospital, the rider unfortunately succumbed to his catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead.

Sadly, accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles can often end with serious injury or death. In many cases, even when a biker wears protective gear, severe injuries such as broken bones, road rash, brain injury or spinal cord injuries can occur.

When collisions involve a negligent driver, those injured can seek compensation to help deal with the lasting effects of the injuries. In situations where the motorcyclist dies, such as the recent head-on accident above, the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages that resulted from the collision, such as loss of companionship, medical expenses, and funeral expenses. While no lawsuit can undo the injuries or pain caused by a negligent driver, it can help obtain the financial resources necessary to help victims and their family deal with the financial ramifications so that the focus can turn to recovery.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "Motorcyclist dies in crash," Bill Archer, August 19, 2012

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