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Motorcyclist pleads not guilty in fatal motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist who was accused of causing a wreck in New York that resulted in the death of one person pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide on April 16. The accident had occurred in May 2014.

According to the New York State Police, the defendant was riding his motorcycle on Sprain Brook Parkway when he clipped a passenger car. The impact caused the vehicle to spin out of control and enter into another lane where it collided with a second motorcycle. The rider of the second motorcycle was killed in the accident. The defendant suffered serious injuries that resulted in a one-month hospital stay. It was not known if anyone in the passenger car suffered injuries.

No matter how severe a motor vehicle accident appears, any person who is in one is at risk for suffering serious injuries. These could potentially include broken bones and damage to internal organs and result in the necessity of an expensive and prolonged period of recovery. In many cases such as this one, the injuries are fatal.

If it was determined that the negligence of another driver was the cause of the fatal accident, the surviving family members of the decedent may have the grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. In this type of a civil action, family members are entitled to seek compensation for monetary damages that they themselves sustained due to their loved one's death. These damages can potentially include loss of income of the decedent, funeral and burial expenses and the cost of any medical bills that were incurred prior to the victim's death.

Source: UT San Diego , "Biker faces homicide charge in NY crash that killed rapper", 04/17/2015

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