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Truck hits motorcycle, Pennsylvania woman killed

The warmer weather of spring brings lots of changes to Pennsylvania. The snow and ice are gone, the grass is green and motorcycles are back on the roadways. This spring, drivers across the state are likely to encounter more people out enjoying a ride on their motorcycles. Drivers need to remember to be careful to check their blind spots and double check intersections for these smaller vehicles. Without extra precautions, serious motorcycle accidents are bound to happen this spring and summer.

On April 13, a severe motorcycle crash occurred in Pennsylvania. According to reports, two people -- a 50-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman -- were riding on a motorcycle south on Route 19 in Butler County. While driving, a 17-year-old driving a pickup truck was driving north. Reports say that the 17-year-old driver was making left-hand turn into a parking lot from the roadway when she hit the motorcycle head-on.

This head-on collision left all three people with injuries and they were transported to a local hospital. However, the 46-year-old woman's injuries were so severe that she had to be flown to a larger facility. Despite the transfer, the woman died from serious injuries to her torso and head.

Head injuries are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents, neither is death. Due to the lack of protection offered by a motorcycle, even small accidents can cause life-threatening injuries. Those motorcyclists who survive brain injuries can suffer from side-effects for years to come. They may need help completing basic tasks or require extensive rehabilitation to lead a normal life.

When an accident is the result of a driver's negligence -- such as failure to yield -- that driver can be held responsible. A personal injury suit can help motorcycle accident victims receive the financial compensation they need to focus on their recovery, whereas a wrongful death suit can help the families of fatal motorcycle accident victims.

Source: The Tribune-Review, "Butler County woman dies of injuries from motorcycle accident," April 15, 2014

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