Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Donald E. Johnston, 38, who was pronounced dead as a result of being involved in a motorcycle accident in Hempfield Township, PA on Saturday, August 1, 2009 when a Volvo operated by Elizabeth Floro, age 50, turned into him. I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Donald Johnston for their tragic and heartbreaking loss and we ask that you please keep them in your prayers.
Regardless of who had the right of way in this fatal Pennsylvania motorcycle accident, it was the rider Donald Johnston who paid the ultimate price. I have been a motorcycle rider since I was a young lad and I am always concerned for myself and other motorcycle riders that we are highly visible while on the highway. All motorcyclists must be constantly aware that often car and truck drivers, for numerous reasons, are distracted or do not see them on the road and will often make quick and darting turns in front of them. In fact, I had to once lay my bike down due to the fact that an oncoming vehicle make a quick and darting left hand turn in front of me. Fortunately, I did not sustain serious injuries. However, many times in our office, we are faced with other motorcycle drivers who have sustained catastrophic injuries and many time fatalities.
In this case, the most likely scenario is that the driver of the Volvo will be held civilly liable for Donald Johnston’s death. The family of Mr. Johnston would be well advised to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney who will investigate the claim and fight for his rights and determine whether or not negligence or reckless driving can be attributed to the driver of the car that caused this tragic motorcycle collision. The Philadelphia motorcycle and car accident lawyers at Reiff & Bily always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families in cases where the negligence of the wrongdoers is involved. Families of deceased victims may also be eligible to file wrongful death claims to properly compensate the victim’s family for medical or funeral expenses, lost wages and other related expenses.
If you or a loved has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Reiff & Bily at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.