The Pennsylvania State Police have reported that a motorcyclist lost his life in a two-vehicle collision on the evening of Sept. 14. A female passenger on the motorcycle was injured in the crash. The auto accident took place in Paradise Township in Lancaster County at approximately 6:25 p.m.
According to a state police report, two individuals on a motorcycle were heading north on State Road 896 when a pickup truck pulled in front of them. The truck had been stationary at an intersection on SR 896 when it reportedly made a turn in front of the bike to head south. The motorcycle's rider and passenger were both ejected from the bike.
Arriving emergency services personnel pronounced the motorcycle rider dead at the scene. The female passenger was transported by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital. Both the driver and passenger of the pickup truck were released after being treated at the scene by paramedics. The investigation into the collision is ongoing.
Negligent motorists may face civil sanctions following a road traffic accident even if no criminal charges are filed against them, and this may especially be true if another individual loses their life. The loss of a family member in an auto accident could lead to severe financial challenges as well as great emotional trauma. Many families find it difficult to cope financially after the income of a loved one is lost, and monthly obligations may soon become difficult to meet. A personal injury attorney may bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a surviving spouse or other dependents when their loss is due to the reckless actions of another.
Source: Lancaster Online, "Motorcyclist killed Sunday in Paradise Township crash has been identified," Ryan Robinson and Tom Knapp, Sept. 16, 2014
Source: Fox 43, "One dead, one hurt in Paradise Twp. motorcycle crash", September 15, 2014