Whenever a victim dies in a motorcycle accident, it can leave surviving family members struggling with grief, not to mention unexpected medical or funeral expenses. In the direst of wrongful death cases, survivors might be left to fend for themselves without the financial support of a family's primary breadwinner. That is one reason that California civil law allows such families to file wrongful death lawsuits in the event of a fatal motorcycle accident that is deemed to have been caused by another party's negligence.
California is in the midst of a period of slight decline in motorcycle fatalities, as the number of deaths dropped 37 percent between 2009 and 2010. Compared to the 175 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities from 1998 to 2008, this change may be comforting to many California drivers, whether motorcyclists or otherwise. However, there is still more to be done to further prevent these devastating motorcycle accident fatalities.