It is a story that is told too often: a motorcyclist is severely injured because another driver didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late. Although motorcycle laws vary from state-to-state, motorists in general are reminded to safely share the road with motorcycles and owe a duty of reasonable care to avoid a collision with a motorcycle. Missouri motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists on our roadways. In a tragic turn of events, three people were hurt in a recent accident involving a motorcycle and a truck, though it was not specifically detailed if the biker suffered serious head injuries or spinal cord injuries, both of which are common results of motorcycle accidents.
Reports say a Strafford man was operating his motorcycle on a local highway when the worst unfolded. A motorist apparently did not stop when he approached a stop sign in traffic. He reportedly did not see the motorcycle until it was too late and made impact.
The man driving the truck, the motorcyclist and the biker’s passenger suffered serious injuries. They were all hospitalized immediately after the accident in a nearby medical center. The day after the accident, the motorcyclist died due to severe injuries.
The police tested the motorist for alcohol use immediately after the accident. Because many motorcycle accidents tragically end in the death of the biker due to serious head injuries, legal action may be an appropriate remedy for the victim’s surviving family. Moreover, the injured motorcycle passenger similarly has the right to seek reimbursement of damages sustained through the filing of a personal injury claim. A successful Missouri wrongful death litigation cannot change the sad result of this fatal crash, but it may help the family from suffering a financial tragedy in additional to the loss of a loved one.
Source: ozarksfirst.com, UPDATE: Man Dies in Motorcycle Versus Truck Accident, No author, Sept. 14, 2013