West Virginian Killed 30 Minutes after Purchasing Motorcycle | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A resident of Falling Waters, West Virginia (WV) purchased a 2010 Suzuki motorcycle and was out on the town enjoying a ride. Then, tragedy struck. The cyclist failed to negotiate a curve and slammed into a Toyota pick-up truck. The motorcyclist died at the scene, according to the Herald-Mail. This terrible accident took place only 30 minutes after the purchase of the motorcycle.

Negotiating a curve is a term used to refer when a motorcyclist does not focus far enough in front of them and loses control of their bike on a sharp curve. They usually straighten up the bike and let off the throttle too quickly resulting in loss of control. You may be surprised to discover this is the second-most common type of motorcycle accident.

Motorcycles are inherently dangerous due to the level of exposure riders offer while on the road. Any mistake can lead to serious injury or death. Wearing a helmet is extremely important, but it doesnt guarantee youll leave the scene of the motorcycle accident unscathed.

In 2006, 4,935 people were killed in motorcycle accidents, according to motorcycle-accidents.com. That number continued to increase with 5,290 motorcycle fatalities in 2008.