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Pennsylvania motorcyclist killed by tractor-trailer

Pedestrians and smaller vehicles can often be found on or around Pennsylvania roadways. These people have just as much right as anyone to use the roads, and to do so safely. However, oftentimes these people are placed in a lot of danger. Other larger cars and trucks do not pay enough attention to these smaller vehicles, or they are simply reluctant to respect the right of way of these people.

For example, motorcycles are smaller and provide few protections to riders. While helmets and other protective gear can go a long way in keeping people who ride motrocycles safe, this safety equipment cannot prevent negligent behavior on the part of other drivers. In cases of motorcycle accidents, it is often the motorcyclist who suffers the most serious injuries.

A recent case sadly highlights this fact. In this case, a tractor-trailer was driving east on a Pennsylvania roadway when the driver decided to turn left. At the same time, a motorcyclist was driving west in the right hand lane on the same road. According to reports, the truck turned in front of the motorcyclist.

The 30-year-old motorcyclist was unable to stop in time and hit the front of the tractor-trailer. The motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries and died as a result of the motorcycle accident. The truck driver, on the other hand, was uninjured. Police continue to investigate the accident.

Accidents, like this one are all too common in Pennsylvania. When drivers fail to yield to the right of way of a motorcyclist, serious injuries and death can occur. In these cases, the driver at fault may have been acting negligently. In motorcycle accidents, the negligent party can be held responsible for the financial losses caused by a motorcycle accident.

Source: The Express-Times, "East Allen Township motorcycle, truck crash kills Northampton man," Kurt Bresswein, June 2, 2014

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