When motorcycle riders get on the roadways, they place their trust in drivers of larger vehicles. Motorcyclists should be able to expect other drivers to remain alert and keep an eye out for smaller vehicles, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case, especially when drunk drivers put motorcyclists’ lives at risk.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man lost his life in a motorcycle accident that occurred while he was on his way to work. Police officers ascertained that the 47-year-old rider collided with a truck that turned right onto the road in front of him. Officials say the motorcycle rider, who was a father and a Philadelphia School District police officer, didn’t have time to stop or avoid the accident.

The 32-year-old driver of the truck has been arrested. He was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident. He is also said to have been driving recklessly. According to police, he is facing charges of reckless and careless driving, aggravated assault and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sadly, the motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His wife and two children are undoubtedly reeling in grief.

On top of the emotional turmoil families face after losing a loved one in a fatal accident, there may be financial difficulties stemming from funeral expenses, lost income and medical bills. Drunk driving is a form of negligence that leads to far too many fatal crashes, and families coping in the wake of such an accident may need to explore the full range of legal options to achieve justice.

Source: CBS Philadelphia, “Lansdowne Man Charged In DUI Crash That Killed Philadelphia School District Cop,” Mike Dougherty, May 10, 2014