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Many motorcycle accidents are blamed on inattentive drivers

Paying attention to traffic is one of the most important duties every Connecticut driver owes to others on the road. When a driver is not paying attention or only partially paying attention, it can be easy not to see a motorcycle. This is part of the reason why many drivers often say they failed to see these smaller vehicles in the aftermath of motorcycle accidents.

Distracted driving may be the cause of a recent accident involving a motorcycle and a Jeep. According to reports, the motorcycle, occupied by two people, was traveling south on Route 32. At approximately 9:20 p.m., it approached an intersection. A northbound Jeep initiated a left hand turn and struck the motorcycle.

The 40-year-old driver of the motorcycle succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. His passenger, a 32-year-old woman, survived the crash, but required medical attention for what were described as non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to an area hospital.

The driver of the Jeep, a 46-year-old woman, refused medical attention at the scene. Since the accident remains under investigation, it is not yet known what charges, if any, may be filed against her. Montville police are asking any witnesses to the crash to contact them as part of the investigation.

The family of the deceased motorcycle rider does not have to wait until the official investigation is complete in order to exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the Jeep driver. An independent investigation into the crash can be conducted in order to present evidence of her negligence in a civil court. If a Connecticut court rules that she was negligent, an award of damages seen in motorcycle accidents could be made to the family. Moreover, the injured motorcycle rider would have a similar right to pursue a claim for personal injuries against the Jeep driver as well.

Source: norwichbulletin.com, "Norwich man killed in Montville motorcycle accident", Ryan Blessing, Sept. 5, 2015

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