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Motorcycle accident kills 54-year-old man

Accidents are a sad reality for many Pennsylvania drivers. Sometimes, they are no one's fault. They just happen. But often accidents are caused when one person is being negligent. Whether its not paying attention, distracted driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, negligent drivers are responsible for the accidents they cause -- including motorcycle accidents.

Authorities are now investigating a recent fatal motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania. While it could take police officers weeks to determine exactly what happened, a few details are currently known about the accident.

A 54-year-old man from Fombell, Pennsylvania was driving his motorcycle east near the crossing of Route 288 and Route 588. At approximately 6 a.m. his motorcycle was hit head-on by a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man driving an SUV. The 29-year-old had been traveling west on his way to work.

The motorcyclist suffered severe head injury. He was taken to a local hospital, but was declared dead at the hospital. Doctors say he died of blunt force head trauma. It is unclear at this time if the other driver was hurt in the accident -- although police say he was not taken to the hospital via ambulance.

The motorcyclist leaves behind a wife and family and grandchildren. His family may have relied on him for financial and emotional support. But now the family is left to pick up the pieces. There may be funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering. The family may be able to recover for all of these losses if the other driver was negligent.

Even before the police finish investigating, this family should ensure that their interests are being protected, and that any negligent parties are held responsible.

Source: Cranberry Patch, "Zelienople Police Continue Investigation into Fatal Motorcycle Crash," Jessica Sinichak, Aug. 9, 2012

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