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Fourth of July motorcycle crash kills one, injures another

Motorcycle accidents generally involve one motorcycle and at least one other type of vehicle. Only rarely do two motorcycles collide with each other. A 4th of July motorcycle accident in Parke County provides a sad example of what can happen if two bikes collide.

Two men were riding their bikes east on U.S. 36 shortly after noon. The lead cycle slowed to make a left turn. The following cycle failed to slow, the cycles collided. Both drivers were thrown from their bikes. The driver of the turning motorcycle was wearing a helmet, and he suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the second cycle was not wearing a helmet, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The rider who had worn a helmet was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Indiana State Police accident reconstruction unit is continuing to investigate the accident. No information has been released about whether either driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs or whether either bike suffered from mechanical failure. The deceased driver was 58, and the driver who suffered only injuries was 60. Police have not determined if the two men were traveling together.

The issue of whether the two men were traveling together may be crucial to determining liability. If the two men were riding companions, both of them should have known about the left turn before the lead bike slowed down. If the two men were not together, the trailing bike was perhaps traveling too fast or was not maintaining a safe distance from the lead bike. Another possibility is that the lead bike failed to signal for the turn or perhaps his turn signal did not function properly. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an opinion about the likelihood of recovering damages from the party whose fault caused the accident.

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