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Medicated driver caused fatal Huntsville motorcycle accident

Drivers in Jasper, as well as other cities throughout the U.S., who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription pills, can be a danger not only to themselves, but also to the other motorists with whom they share the roads. Accidents involving this type of negligent driver can often have catastrophic results ranging from serious injury to death. This can be especially true when motorcyclists are involved because they do not have the same exterior protection that motorists in other passenger vehicles have.

A driver who was under the influences of prescription drugs reportedly caused a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred in Huntsville in November 2011. The collision reportedly occurred when the man, who was driving a truck, struck a motorcycle operated by a 73-year-old man after crossing over into oncoming traffic. It was not reported whether the motorcyclist died immediately from his injuries, or if he received any medical treatment.

It was reported that the driver of the truck was found to have a psychoactive drug, similar to Xanax, and methadone in his system after the collision. It was not reported whether the 45-year-old man himself had a prescription for the medications. He was recently convicted of reckless murder and received a 25-year prison sentence for his role in the crash.

Anyone who has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved, may benefit from seeking legal counsel and representation. An attorney will help you to understand your rights and what you may be entitled to.

Source: AL.com, “Huntsville man gets 25-year sentence for wreck that killed 73-year-old Ardmore, Tenn. man,” Brian Lawson, June 3, 2014

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