All it takes is a moment of distraction or negligence while driving for a life to be lost on the roadways. When a driver fails to see an on-coming vehicle, especially a small vehicle like a motorcycle, a collision is almost certain to occur. Because cyclists have limited protection, a motorcycle accident can lead to catastrophic results that can affect many more people than just those directly involved.
A California man suffered fatal injuries in such an accident after he collided with another vehicle. According to reports, the driver of a sedan attempted to make a turn and ended up in the path of the on-coming motorcycle. The collision caused the driver to be ejected from the motorcycle and then hit by another vehicle. First responders reportedly attempted to provide aid, but the man was eventually declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the sedan also had his young son in the vehicle, who was reportedly not properly restrained. It was not reported whether the driver or his son sustained injuries in the crash. However, the driver was allegedly found to be driving on a suspended license. Authorities took him into custody, and he is currently facing several allegations.
If the driver is found guilty of the vehicular homicide charge or other allegations, the family of the deceased victim may have an increased chance of success should they choose to pursue a wrongful death claim. Though seeking a case against the driver deemed at fault will not bring their loved one back, they may be able to gain compensation for some of the inevitable difficulties resulting from the motorcycle accident. Family members may benefit from information on California laws that outline permissible damages.
Source: tahoedailytribune.com, Police: Truckee man, 23, caused fatal motorcycle accident, Kevin MacMillan, Sept. 24, 2013