s only happen during the summer months? Surprisingly, even in northern states such as Pennsylvania, motorcycle accidents occur all year round. Recently, in King of Prussia, a wintertime motorcycle accident claimed the life of a rider and resulted in injuries for a truck driver.
The fatal motorcycle crash took place the day after Christmas during the early evening hours. According to police working for Upper Merion Township, the motorcycle crossed Schuylkill River Road's double line and collided head-on with a food truck traveling south. The man operating the motorcycle died immediately, while the truck driver experienced several injuries, although they proved to be non-life-threatening. The motorcycle collision closed Route 23 for approximately four hours.
When a vehicle crosses a roadway's center line and a fatal accident results, determining the negligent party is not as easy as it may seem. For instance, if the other vehicle was speeding at the time of impact, both parties may bear some responsibility for the wreck and the speed itself may make the accident worse than it otherwise would have been. Especially during the colder months of the year, driving too fast for conditions can either cause accidents or make an accident more severe than it should have been.
Moreover, in a motorcycle accident, protective gear worn by a motorcyclist, as well as the bike itself, may also be of concern. Was the helmet manufactured properly? Were the bike's brakes operating as they should have? Surviving family members may initially be overcome by grief, but may later wonder about the answers to these and other important questions.
A motorcycle accident can bring about many unanswered questions for the multiple parties to a crash and their families. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can help victims or their families understand what happened, why and who was responsible.
Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, "
Motorcycle and truck collide in King of Prussia, 1 dies, 1 hurt
," Dan Stamm, Dec. 26, 2014