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Crash kills motorcyclist, injures another

It is an unfortunate reality that motorcyclists are often overlooked on the roads. Though drivers should expect to see more of them during the summer months, motorists do take turns or overtake while keeping an eye out for motorcyclists.

In a crash between a motorcycle and a car, the one riding the motorcycle is the one least protected and most likely to suffer life threatening if not life ending injuries. Often, drivers of cars or trucks fail to notice a motorcycle sharing the road with them and violate the motorcyclist's right of way, with disastrous results.

A recent accident in Washington highlighted the dangers motorcyclists face, as an auto accident resulted in one death. According to authorities, a minivan driver was exiting the highway and cut the gore point in the process, causing him to strike a motorcyclist on the side of the road. The van tried to change lanes and struck another vehicle as well. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the accident and the driver of the other vehicle sustained injuries in the crash. The driver was arrested on suspicion for driving under the influence.

Keeping up with changing traffic conditions and remaining alert on the road at all times is difficult enough when one has complete control over their senses. If a driver is under the influence, his or her reflexes are likely to slow down and cognitive skills likely to become impaired. As a result, drivers may end up making risky driving decisions that result in fatalities.

Becoming injured or losing a loved one in an auto accident is a tragic experience many people have to live through. They are suddenly left reeling not only with the emotional fallout of a loss, but also by the financial one. It might be possible to receive compensation to cover the financial burden associated with a crash, leaving victims and their loved ones the space to come to terms with their injuries and loss.

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