Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but also an immensely dangerous one. Negligent drivers pose a serious threat to people on motorcycles by creating unsafe environments for their fellow drivers on the road. A recent fatal motorcycle accident exemplified just how devastating the results of a negligent driver can be.
Around 2:15 a.m., a motorcyclist was exiting a California highway via an adjoining offramp. Another driver was also exiting at the same time and, for some reason, failed to either see the motorcycle or to accurately judge the distance between the two vehicles. The motorcycle was struck from behind by the larger motor vehicle, causing the rider to be tossed off. Authorities later determined that he died while still at the site of the wreck.
The California Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the wreck in order to determine the exact cause. An on-site field sobriety test conducted by CHP officers apparently did not indicate that she was intoxicated at the time of the wreck, although she may still face criminal consequences for the wreck. No charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is still ongoing.
A single driver’s negligence can halt another person’s life in its tracks, impacting his or her family and friends who are left behind to pick up the pieces. Nothing can ever truly undo the harm inflicted by a deadly motorcycle accident. Still, the financial damages from the wreck are often overwhelming for surviving family members who must suddenly contend with grieving on top of coming up with unexpected funeral expenses. Because of this, most California families can utilize the compensation achieved through a successfully litigated wrongful death claim to address the financial burden created by the wreck.
Source: kron4.com, “CHP investigates fatal motorcycle crash on Bay Bridge“, Mario Sevilla, May 20, 2016