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California motorcycle accident kills man after earlier collision

Multiple-vehicle car accidents can often prove particularly damaging, especially to any motorcyclists who are unexpectedly caught up in a collision. One recent motorcycle accident resulted in the potentially wrongful death of a man who came upon an earlier accident scene. He was unable to avoid crashing his motorcycle into one of the cars that was involved in that earlier crash.

California Highway Patrol officials reported that the man lost his life after he crashed into that vehicle. According to them, the fatal incident occurred on the Artesia (91) Freeway near Downey Avenue, in Long Beach, California. The initial collision took place between two four-wheeled vehicles, and nobody was injured in that first crash. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist was not so lucky several minutes later as he approached the earlier wreck scene.

A spokesman with the coroner's office indicated that the 21-year-old male motorcyclist collided with one of the two vehicles. The force of the impact was so strong that pieces of the motorcycle flew onto the eastbound lane of the freeway. An early report did not specify whether the motorcyclist expired at the scene, but it also did not indicate that the man was taken to any area hospitals for treatment of his fatal injuries.

A tragic motorcycle accident like this can devastate California residents, especially those who lose a young loved one as appears to be the case in this incident. Sometimes, surviving family members are left scrambling to cover unexpected funeral and other final expenses. Additionally, someone who was once a family financial provider may no longer be able to provide for the family's needs. In some of these cases, it may become appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek restitution for the losses that have been incurred. This may not bring back the missing loved one, but it can often alleviate some of the family's financial burden.

Source: Press-Telegram, "91 Freeway accident in Long Beach kills motorcyclist," March 18, 2013

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