A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a married couple from Missouri. The crash occurred on Thursday afternoon in Pennington County, South Dakota. Accident reports state that 72-year-old George Torp was operating a 2013 victory motorcycle and traveling on US Highway 385 southbound when he lost control of the motorcycle resulting in the crash. The motorcycle veered off of the roadway and collided with the guard rail ejecting Torp and his 68-year-old passenger and wife Mary Torp. Mary was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet. George was not wearing a helmet and transported to the hospital by ambulance where he died from his injuries. The accident is currently under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
Motorcyclists are at risk of being seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. Motorists traveling in a passenger vehicle are somewhat protected by the enclosure of the vehicle, unlike a motorcyclist. The smaller size of the motorcycle can create a lack of visibility to other motorists making it important for all drivers to devote their full attention to their surroundings and the roadways. While some motorcycle accidents are caused by the reckless actions of the driver, several accidents are caused by the negligence of other motorists. Consulting an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer can assist in holding all negligent parties accountable.
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