In automobile accidents involving motorcycles, it is not always the collision of two vehicles that causes a serious injury or a death. One recent California motorcycle accident, for example, occurred when the motorcyclist lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She was thrown onto the highway where she was then struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene.
The details of the collision in this accident are not very robust, but an important legal factor ultimately may be whether the woman was alive after she crashed and catapulted onto the highway. Once the driver of the pickup is found, police may work to determine whether the driver was distracted or impaired in any way.
The fact that the driver of the pickup truck left the scene of the accident is problematic. In the very least, leaving the scene of an accident causing injury is potentially a criminal offense. It may not be known exactly what occurred until the driver of the pickup truck is found and an investigation of the accident is completed.
A motorcycle accident like this one is devastating to a family. It not only brings great emotional distress, but can also financially impact a family with unexpected expenses and other damages like funeral costs or loss of income. Typically, a deceased victim's surviving family has the right to pursue claims for monetary damages in the form of a wrongful death action based on the negligence of another party. While it's not clear if negligence contributed to this accident, many motorcycle accidents do involve negligence of some kind. Families who have lost a loved one due in part to another person's negligence may find it beneficial to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: HanfordSentinel.com, "Sailor killed in motorcycle crash identified," July 2, 2012