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Impaired drivers a factor in some motorcycle accidents

Those who are drawn to riding motorcycles enjoy the freedom these vehicles provide in spite of the risks. There are many factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents, and an impaired motorist can be a recipe for disaster. One Connecticut woman was the latest victim of one of these crashes.

Police reported that the wreck occurred late on a weeknight. According to officials, a 60-year-old man was operating his motorcycle down a local road with a woman passenger. Witnesses did not relate an account of what caused the wreck, but they did report that the driver of a car had left the scene of the crash and purportedly entered a junkyard lot.

Both riders on the motorcycle were transported to a nearby hospital where the 59-year-old woman (who shared the same last night as the male rider) was pronounced deceased. The man's condition was not released. Police located the other vehicle in question and reported that it displayed damage consistent with the crash. The 35-year-old driver of that vehicle was also quickly found and faces a lengthy list of charges, including second-degree manslaughter and driving while impaired.

Connecticut authorities stated that the driver gave conflicting information concerning who was driving the car as well as the number of occupants in the vehicle, and initially supplied a false name. The surviving victim of this wreck may face a long recovery in addition to dealing with the loss of his female passenger. Along with these physical and emotional injuries, he will likely face mounting pressure from the monetary damages that accompany these tragic motorcycle accidents. He is entitled to seek information concerning the filing of a personal injury and possibly a wrongful death suit -- if the woman was a family member. When successful, these cases can provide compensation that alleviates the burdens caused by the financial losses.

Source: nhregister.com, "Man charged with DUI in New Haven fatal motorcycle crash", June 23, 2017

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