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Aaron Atkinson was killed in an accident with a semi-truck on State Route 13

MADISON COUNTY, New York- 60-year-old Aaron Atkinson was pronounced dead at the accident scene following a collision between Atkinson’s motorcycle and a tractor-trailer near the intersection of Lewis Point Road and State Route 13 in Lenox, New York.

According to authorities, the tractor-trailer crossed into the opposing lane and struck Atkinson. The driver of the truck was reportedly impaired by a controlled substance at the time of the collision.

The tractor-trailer driver is currently facing charges of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, and failure to keep right.

No additional information was immediately available.

Thoughts on the fatal motorcycle accident and potential legal compensation available to the surviving family

The facts of this accident are deeply upsetting. Any individual operating a vehicle while intoxicated is knowingly putting countless others at risk, and the driver here must answer to the family of Mr. Atkinson in the wake of his death. Additionally, the driver’s employer must compensate the grieving family for the harm caused by their reckless driver.

All drivers are required to operate their vehicles safely. It is assumed that drivers understand that operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not considered safe, as numerous laws are designed to deter and punish impaired driving. The driver should be held accountable, and the family of Mr. Atkinson deserves an opportunity to seek legal recourse against him for the reckless behavior that cost their loved one his life.

Mr. Atkinson’s family deserves a thorough, independent legal investigation. The official investigation will likely conclude that the driver’s impaired state was the cause of the accident and Mr. Atkinson’s death. We are not suggesting that conclusion is incorrect, but it may not be the complete story. Independent legal investigations can assure families that a professional investigative team has examined every possible cause and that any opportunity for relief will be pursued. Primarily, it must be determined whether the driver’s company was aware of the driver’s substance issues, and if so, why they continued to allow the driver to operate company trucks.

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