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Setatobia motorcycle accident takes life of off-duty patrolman

A father and husband who was a trooper with the Mississippi Highway Patrol was killed recently when his motorcycle was hit by a pickup truck in Senatobia. The 47-year-old trooper was off duty at the time, and investigators believe the collision happened after the driver of a Dodge truck turned into the path of the victim at the intersection of West Street and West Main Street.

The motorcyclist, who had put in more than a decade in law enforcement, died at the scene. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

The other driver's injuries were said to be minor.

Making a left turn in front of a motorcycle is unfortunately a common cause of many auto accidents, and that appears to be the case here. A common excuse offered by drivers is that they simply didn't see the motorcycle, but such an excuse doesn't necessarily absolve a negligent driver of fault.

If a motorcyclist was speeding, or if the rider hadn't turned on the vehicle's headlights, or if the weather was somehow a factor, then maybe the excuse of not seeing a motorcycle might carry some weight in court. Otherwise, not seeing should be regarded as not paying attention, which constitutes negligence in an auto accident.

In these cases, injured parties or their families have recourse to personal injury or wrongful death laws. In Mississippi, these laws allow for injured parties to receive compensation for damages such as medical costs, funeral expenses, lost wages and more.

No amount of money can bring back a lost loved one, but a wrongful death lawsuit may provide some measure of justice to grieving family members.

Source: wlox.com, "MS Highway patrolman killed in motorcycle crash," July 30, 2013

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