Riding a motorcycle comes with a set of inherent risks, and those who take to the open road are well aware of the dangers that come with their chosen pastime. There are a number of hazards that can increase the chances of an accident, including changing road conditions, maintenance issues and riding while fatigued or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Responsible motorcycle riders go to great lengths to minimize these risks, but there are instances in which no amount of preparation or skill can keep a rider safe. Such is the case in a terrible Connecticut motorcycle crash that took the life of one woman and injured multiple other riders.
The crash took place last October, as a motorcycle club was out on an organized ride to enjoy the autumn foliage. The group of 18 motorcyclists were traveling southbound on Route 63 when a vehicle heading northbound swerved into oncoming traffic. The resulting collision threw one woman from the back of a motorcycle. She sustained fatal injuries in the crash, and her husband, who was the operator of the motorcycle, was also seriously injured. Another man had to undergo amputation of his leg because of his injuries.
The woman who crashed into the riders was found to have a blood alcohol level of .09. Two prescription medications were also in her system at the time of the accident. She was recently charged with second degree manslaughter, second degree assault with a motor vehicle, third degree assault, tampering with evidence, driving under the influence and other crimes. Members of the motorcycle club attended the woman’s recent arraignment and spoke with the media about the ordeal.
Those whose lives were impacted by this fatal motorcycle crash have the right to pursue legal recourse in the matter. In the case of the man whose wife was killed in the incident, a wrongful death suit might be appropriate, as well as a personal injury case to address the injuries that he sustained during the crash. The others who were harmed as a result of this driver’s choices could also pursue cases against her. It is hoped that the widespread media coverage of this accident will remind all Connecticut drivers of the importance of responsibly sharing the road with motorcycle riders.
Source: courant.com, “‘Bodies Flying, Bike Parts Flying’ – Woman Charged With Manslaughter, DUI“, David Owens, Feb. 27, 2017