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California man killed in motorcycle accident

Many people love to ride motorcycles on U.S. roadways, but unfortunately traffic collisions often prove catastrophic for the riders of motorcycles, if not fatal. One recent motorcycle accident resulted in the untimely death of a young California man earlier this month. He lost his life while riding his motorcycle after a car attempted to make a turn in front of him.

That driver reportedly misjudged how far away the motorcycle was, as well as its speed, when attempting to make the left-hand turn. The collision knocked the young man off of his bike. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, but unfortunately their efforts to save the motorcyclist were unsuccessful.

He died at an area hospital. Family members and friends who found out about the serious motorcycle accident rushed to be by his side, and then to be there to support each other.

Those grieving friends and family held a car wash in his honor soon after, intending to use the proceeds to finish a project car the young man was working on and donate it to charity. His stepfather said the young man liked to help others and would have approved.

In cases like this, families sometimes choose to file a wrongful death suit in civil court after a fatal motorcycle accident. California law provides this opportunity to prove that the fatality occurred due to the negligent actions of another party. If negligence is established in the civil proceeding, the court will proceed to consider damage claims in order to arrive at a monetary award to reimburse the surviving family for the financial losses these types of tragedies typically entail.

Source: The Sentinel, "Hanford man killed in weekend traffic accident," Mike Eiman, Sept. 18, 2012

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