On August 29, a 55-year-old woman was killed and a 49-year-old man was injured around 5:30 p.m. in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a van. Police said the motorcycle, which was being operated by the man, was traveling north on Bruceton Road when the van crossed the centerline from the opposite lane and crashed into the motorcycle. The impact threw both riders, who were wearing helmets, from the bike.
They were airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the woman was pronounced dead. The male rider's condition was reportedly unavailable on the day after the crash.
According to police, the van driver was not injured. The accident led to a four-hour closure of Bruceton Road while police investigated the accident. Pending charges against the van driver were not mentioned in the news source.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents of this nature include distracted or inattentive drivers, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs and those who are texting while driving. If the police investigation of a fatal accident uncovers that a driver involved was engaged in negligent behavior when it occurred, the family of the victim may wish to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. Using such information, a personal injury attorney retained for such litigation would attempt to convince the case's jury that the defendant's negligence caused the accident that led to the victim's death. If the plaintiff's lawyer were successful, the wrongful death suit would yield damages tied to the economic losses they suffered as a result of the decedent's passing.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "Woman killed in Fayette County motorcycle crash", Madasyn Czebiniak , August 30, 2014