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For some Oklahoma residents, motorcycles are a convenient and sometimes preferred way to travel, especially when the weather is nice. Motorcycles offer an alternative to rising gas costs and make for easier travel in congested areas. However, riding a motorcycle is considerably more dangerous than traveling in other motor vehicles, unfortunately often as a result of other’s negligence. In the event of collision with another vehicle, a motorcyclist is at higher risk of being severely injured or killed. Although highly advised, helmets and other protective gear offer only limited protection in the event of a crash.

Recently, a 30-year-old Foster man was killed when his bike collided with a pickup truck on a Stephens County road. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the biker was on his 1994 Suzuki motorcycle heading south on the rural county road around 6:20 a.m. when he hit the side of the pickup. The truck’s driver apparently attempted to turn left into a private driveway, perhaps without yielding to the motorcyclist. The rider suffered severe injuries and massive head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to OHP officers, an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Riders who have survived motorcycle wrecks with only minor injuries can consider themselves lucky. For those who have suffered more severe injuries, recovery can take some time. In this case, the family of the man killed may have to wait until the OHP investigation is finished before they can take further action. They can also conduct their own investigation to gather evidence that could be used in a civil lawsuit.

Motorcycle accident victims can file a personal injury lawsuit or surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against an individual they believe caused their losses. A suit, however, must show that the other party’s negligence caused the crash, resulting in compensable harm. A legal adviser can help victims do everything possible to establish these elements and fight see the maximum compensation is recovered.

Source: Paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com, “Wreck takes life of Foster man,” June 20, 2014