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Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating, freeing experiences that life can offer. But that openness is also what makes riding a motorcycle so dangerous. In an accident, the motorcyclist has almost no protection whatsoever and can be thrown violently to the pavement, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and even death. That’s why it’s important for other drivers to keep a special eye out for motorcyclists with whom they share the road.

Sadly, that doesn’t always happen and the resulting motorcycle accidents can have devastating results. Take this recent crash in Oklahoma for instance. Around 9:30 p.m. June 8, a 19-year-old female driver turned left, crossing oncoming traffic on 31st Street in Tulsa. That’s when a motorcyclist, who was riding westbound, slammed into the passenger side of the woman’s vehicle.

Authorities arrived shortly after and pronounced the motorcycle rider dead. The driver of the car fled the scene, but was taken into custody a few blocks away from the scene of the crash. She is charged with several violations, including failure to yield, hit and run injury crash, 1st degree manslaughter and no driver’s license.

In cases like these it’s important to remember that criminal charges and civil proceedings are two different things. Even if someone has been convicted or let go in a criminal court, that doesn’t exclude civil actions. An attorney may be able to conduct his or her own investigation and, if negligence can be proven, the victims may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

Source: newson6.com, “Motorcycle Rider Killed In Tulsa Hit-And-Run,” Russell Hulstine, June 9, 2015