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Truck, motorcycle collide on Jefferson County highway, 3 killed

Over the weekend, two motorcycle riders were tragically killed in an accident in Jefferson County. Two other motorcyclists were injured, but they are expected to survive.

Law enforcement authorities reported that the fatal motorcycle accident is still under investigation, but it is suspected that the crash was the result of driver negligence. According to reports, a man was driving his truck on Highway 119 at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Witnesses reported that the truck began to swerve on the road before the driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle. The truck then crossed the centerline and struck a motorcycle.

Two people were on the bike when the accident occurred. The operator of the bike and his passenger died at the accident scene, police reported. Police also reported that the truck driver died in the accident after his vehicle crashed into an embankment.

The fatal accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. Like many accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles, the collision between the truck and motorcycle was violent. The couple's motorcycle was forced off of the road and into a ditch. The man and woman on the bike were both in their 40's. With nothing to protect their bodies from the truck and road, their injuries were severe and fatal.

A second motorcycle was involved in the accident. Fortunately, the operator of the bike was able to avoid colliding with the out-of-control truck. The operator and passenger did suffer injuries that were not life-threatening. The man and woman both hit their heads on the road when their bike crashed while trying to get out of the truck's way.

The accident is a tragic reminder of how quickly several lives may be taken away at once when motorists fail to operate their vehicles safely. Although nothing can be done to make up for what has happened to the families who lost loved ones this week, the families of the motorcyclists and the crash victims should understand that they have important rights that must be protected.

After being injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver in Alabama, victims may be entitled to recover compensation for their medical bills, disabling injuries and other injury-related costs. Those who have lost loved ones in crashes caused by negligent drivers may be entitled to recover compensation as well. To learn more about protecting your rights after a devastating motorcycle accident like the one that occurred in Jefferson County this week, do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney who can help you during this challenging and heartbreaking time.

Source: AL.com, "3 people killed in Highway 119 wreck involving truck, 2 motorcycles (updated)," Kelsey Stein, June 2, 2013

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