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Motorcyclist killed in suspected drunk driving accident

On Wednesday night, April 4, a Pennsylvania motorcyclist passed away following a collision with a pickup truck. The Berks County man was on his motorcycle when it collided with the truck in Upper Hanover Township. While the motorcycle driver was indeed wearing a helmet, it was not enough to keep him from sustaining life-threatening injuries resulting in an apparent wrongful death.

According to police, the 40-year-old pickup driver struck the motorcycle's front fender causing the bike to spin and land on its side. The pickup came to a halt in a neighborhood driveway near the crash site. The motorcycle as well as the truck both sustained severe damage and were towed from the collision site.

The truck driver and a 42-year-old female passenger were wearing seat belts, and initial reports indicated they were not injured. Unfortunately, the motorcycle driver was not so fortunate. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Following the fatal crash, police arrested the truck driver for drunk driving. Official charges are currently pending blood test results.

The family of the motorcyclist will surely want to know the results of the pending blood test as well as the details of the official accident report. This information could provide them with sufficient evidence to pursue legal action rights under Pennsylvania personal injury law.

When a family has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, a wrongful death claim may be appropriate. While there is no amount of money that can make up for the pain that is left behind from the senseless death of a loved one, the right to take action against a negligent driver that caused a fatal accident could provide some solace by holding wrongdoers accountable and providing financial relief to cover funeral expenses and other damages.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Berks County man killed; suspected drunken driver hit his motorcycle, police say," Precious Petty, April 5, 2012

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