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California city settles over girl killed in motorcycle accident

Nothing in the world can fully compensate a parent for the loss of a child's life. When the negligence of another person causes that loss, however, it is sometimes appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to pursue another degree of justice. One grief-stricken family recently settled a personal injury lawsuit with a wrongful death component to it in the wake of a fatal motorcycle accident three years ago.

The settlement was reached with a California city, which was at risk to pay up to several million dollars in light of the fact that the estate of the driver who was found responsible for the accident held little to no assets. The fatal collision occurred back in 2009 when a drunk motorcyclist ignored both a stop-ahead warning sign and two actual stop signs before plowing into a 9-year-old girl and her father. The little girl died in the collision and her father was seriously injured.

As part of the settlement, the California city will pay $675,000 in past and future economic damages to the girl's parents. This will help cover the father's medical bills, along with his lost wages caused by this catastrophic accident. Additionally, the city will work with the girl's parents to raise a monument in the girl's memory at a park in the community.

While neither of those two things will make up for the loss of the little girl's life, it can at least bring a certain measure of comfort to her parents. The financial settlement will help ease the economic suffering that this family has gone through, and the park monument will stand to honor their daughter for many years to come. That is one major reason that many families decide to file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in the wake of a major motorcycle accident:  in order to gain reimbursement for their economic losses.

Source: KGO-TV San Francisco, "Novato settles with parents of girl killed in 2009 motorcycle crash," Nov. 28, 2012

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