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Motorcycle accident may lead to wrongful death suit

Motorcycle riders are undoubtedly the most vulnerable drivers on the road. They do not have the cushion of a car around them, meaning they potentially stand the greatest risk of getting hurt in an accident. Having negligent or reckless drivers in the vicinity increases the likelihood that, if something does go wrong and a motorcycle accident occurs, the motorcycle rider will most likely endure serious, if not fatal, injuries.

A recent accident occurred in California near an airport. It was not immediately clear if any of the drivers involved were picking up visitors or if they were airport, or airline, employees. It was early evening when an 80-year-old driver apparently made a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle rider.

The rider hit the back end of the truck and was then thrown off his bike and into the road. It was then that another car, driven by a 44-year-old man, allegedly ran over the motorcycle rider, who did not survive. It appears from police reports that the second driver was either traveling fast enough or the impact pushed him off course, as he eventually hit a power pole, thus knocking out power.

Surviving members of the motorcyclist's family may have the right under California state law to pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death suit if either of the other drivers is proved to be negligent or reckless in their actions. In this particular motorcycle accident, financial restitution may be awarded to cover final expenses and burial costs. Damages may also be awarded for pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

Source: calcoastnews.com, Fatal motorcycle accident victim identified, No author, Dec. 18, 2013

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