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Car's failure to yield to red light kills motorcyclist in crash

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Motorcycles are a constant on Virginia roadways and it is important that those sharing the road with them be aware of their presence. That includes making sure to adhere to the traffic laws and acknowledging the reality that the relatively unprotected nature of motorcyclists leaves them vulnerable to injuries and even death in a motorcycle crash. When there is a motorcycle accident, those that were affected by it must be aware of how to pursue compensation to pay for all the issues that arise after the fact.

A fatal motorcycle crash claimed the life of a 55-year-old man when a driver committed a failure to yield. The accident involved the motorcycle and several other vehicles. It happened in the mid-afternoon at around 4 p.m. According to the investigation, the 81-year-old driver of a Chevrolet went through a red light and crashed into the motorcyclist who had the green light. The man was ejected from his bike and hit a 2012 Nissan Altima that was waiting to turn left. The Chevy subsequently crashed into the Nissan, went into the opposite lanes and hit a 2009 Honda Pilot. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the site of the accident. There are charges pending against the woman who was driving the Chevy.

When there is a motorcycle accident with injuries and fatalities, there will be a great number of issues that must be dealt with. Included are the medical expenses for care, treatment, rehabilitation and perhaps long-term care. If there was a death, the family will need to determine how they're going to make ends meet. The emotional, personal and financial factors that come with a fatal motorcycle crash can be overwhelming and leave the family vulnerable to accepting a settlement from an insurance company that is not in their best interests to take.

In this accident, the investigation indicates that the driver of the Chevy went through a red light when she hit the motorcyclist. With that in mind, the family of the deceased man needs to make certain they protect their rights to compensation in a legal claim. For help with a case after this motorcycle collision, they need to discuss the matter with an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: wusa9.com, "Man on motorcycle killed in Va. multi-vehicle crash," Oct. 19, 2016

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