It goes without saying that drivers in Berks County know they need to stay in their lanes. Not only can it be annoying for trailing motorists to be stuck behind a driver who is taking up two lanes, but it can also be extremely dangerous for drivers who cross into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately for four motorcyclists and the passenger of an SUV, one driver drifting into oncoming traffic cost them their lives. The accident happened last month in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, near the Maryland border.
Four motorcyclists on two motorcycles had been traveling south along an access road when a northbound SUV drifted across the center line and hit one of the motorcycles, a Harley-Davidson, head on. This first collision spun the SUV around and the other motorcycle, a Suzuki, could not avoid smashing into the passenger-side door. All four motorcyclists and the woman in the passenger seat were killed in this tragic crash.
It is still not entirely clear why the 67-year-old man driving the SUV failed to stay in his lane. Police have said that it is clear that no one was speeding, but there are still a host of reasons as to why the older driver crossed the center line. Perhaps he was distracted; perhaps he was tired; or perhaps he was an unsafe driver. Regardless of what happened to cause the accident, if the motorcyclists' surviving family members can show that he was negligent, they can hold him responsible with a personal injury lawsuit.
As it is, police will continue to investigate and gather statements from witnesses.
Source: Herald Mail, "Police identify victims of Blue Ridge Summit SUV-motorcycle crash," Jennifer Fitch, Oct. 20, 2013