A recent multi-vehicle accident that occurred in California proved fatal for a motorcycle rider and left another man facing serious criminal charges. The fatal motorcycle accident also caused injuries to several other people as it involved the accused in his car, two other cars and a tractor-trailer. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to reports, the deadly crash happened early in the morning. The accused reportedly drove his car into oncoming traffic, causing the multi-car crash. Multiple victims were injured, and the motorcycle rider died on the scene. He was a Corrections Department lieutenant.
The extent of the injuries of the other victims was not immediately available. Authorities did determine, however, that the accused still had a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 three hours after the accident. The accused individual was arrested on suspicion of murder, driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, among other charges.
While the exact details of this crash may be few, the fact remains that this motorcycle accident has left one family mourning the loss of a loved one. There are also at least two families facing medical bills and rehabilitation costs while their loved ones recover from their injuries. In some fatal collisions, surviving relatives in California may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the party whose negligence caused the accident. Succeeding in such a civil lawsuit will require that sound evidence be presented indicating that negligence caused or contributed to the fatal accident. A successful wrongful death suit will allow a family to recoup financial losses such as final expenses, medical costs and even damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of companionship.
Source: Recordnet.com, Man arrested in crash that killed Corrections officer, Jason Anderson, Nov. 8, 2013