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Colorado motorcycle accident with dump truck is deadly

Patricia M. Jarzobski

Motorcycles are dangerous. Unlike an enclosed vehicle, motorcycles have little in the way of protection in the event that a motorcycle accident occurs. A fatal accident took place on a recent Friday in Colorado Springs, leaving a motorcyclist dead.

Authorities say that the accident occurred when a man riding a motorcycle was traveling through Colorado Springs. The crash occurred when a dump truck made a left turn after stopping at a stop sign. The biker was apparently unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the truck. Even though the rider was wearing protective gear at the time of the accident, he died as a result of his injuries.

The 53-year-old dump truck driver did not sustain any injuries. It is not clear who was responsible for the crash and no citation was reported in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. However, authorities do not believe that the rider was speeding or under the influence.

Depending on the outcome of this continuing investigation, the dump truck driver may have to face civil litigation in a Colorado courtroom. When death occurs as a result of a motorcycle accident, the surviving family members are left to grieve the loss of their loved one. The family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the dump truck driver and his employer on behalf of the deceased victim's estate. Monetary damages may be awarded if evidence documents that the truck driver was negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the fatal accident.

Source: kktv.com, "Second Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Colorado Springs," July 28, 2013

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