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Pennsylvania man killed in motorcycle accident

As winter fades to spring and summer, many Pennsylvania residents will enjoy taking rides on their motorcycles. Unfortunately, with this increased motorcycle traffic there is an increased chance of motorcycle accidents -- which can be extremely dangerous for the people riding the motorcycle, and can involve very serious injuries including spinal cord injuries and broken bones.

Late last month, one 29-year-old Pennsylvania motorcyclist was fatally injured during an accident on his motorcycle when another driver failed to yield. A vehicle turned out of a tavern's parking lot and on to the roadway. The motorcyclist was unable to stop and hit the other vehicle on the driver's side.

The motorcyclist sustained a serious head injury. He was airlifted to a hospital where he later died. A memorial has been created at the crash site in honor of the motorcyclist.

The authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. They stress that it is important to look at all the circumstances in these types of motor vehicle accidents. In this case, the other vehicle was leaving a bar. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol played a role in the accident.

Motorcyclists should be cautious but prudent when they are on Pennsylvania's roadways. Cars and larger vehicles often do not see motorcycles until it is too late to avoid them.

Drivers are responsible for driving safely and watching for motorcycles. Motorcyclists injured by other vehicles, or the families of a victim such as the man recently killed, may choose to seek civil remedies to help ease the pain and suffering that results from the negligence of another driver.

Source: The Times Herald, "Memorial built for victim of fatal motorcycle crash," Carl Rotenberg, March 28, 2012

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