Several accidents around the country and in California are caused by some sort of debris on the roadway. For example, a recent motorcycle accident appears to have been caused by a wood pallet on the southbound side of the 101 Freeway. The motorcycle rider ended up dying from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
The rider was heading south in the freeway when his motorcycle hit the wood pallet. He was thrown from the bike into the next lane. Within minutes, another vehicle came upon the man, but didn't see him and was unable to avoid hitting the fallen rider.
The driver of that car stayed at the scene and was cooperating with the California Highway Patrol regarding the investigation. It doesn't appear that speed or alcohol was involved in the collision. Troopers are attempting to figure out where the wood pallet came from and why it wasn't reported to officials who could have removed it from the freeway.
While authorities continue their investigation, the family of the motorcycle rider has to deal with the sudden and senseless loss. Not only are there emotional considerations, but there are financial ones as well. The family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim in connection with this motorcycle accident, based upon evidence that the driver that hit him was negligent in a manner that contributed to the victim's death. In addition, it may be possible for authorities to locate the source of the wood pallet. If so,additional parties may be joined as defendants in any wrongful death claim filed by the surviving family members..
Source: CBS SF Bay Area, Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On Highway 101 In Sunnyvale, No author, Oct. 4, 2013