There are many legal ways to maneuver on California roadways as long as certain precautions are taken. For example, a U-turn might be legal, but only if the driver determines that the way is clear if there is no traffic light. Because motorcycles are more difficult to see in comparison to traditional motor vehicles, a motorist attempting such a turn must ensure that there are none in the area. Unfortunately, police are currently investigating a fatal accident involving a sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle.
The accident happened early one morning on a day in August. According to reports, the driver of an SUV made a U-turn that police reports indicate was legal. Unfortunately, a motorcycle slammed into the back of it, killing the 32-year-old man operating the motorcycle.
The investigation involving the accident remains under investigation, and police are trying to determine whether the turn the driver of the SUV made was safe. That driver is said to have remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The southbound lanes of the road were closed for several hours.
While California police work to determine the exact cause of the accident, the family members of the deceased motorcyclist are left to plan a funeral. Unfortunately, many who lost a loved one unexpectedly are unprepared for the emotional and financial toll of their loss. However, if the fatal accident that took their loved one's life was the result of another's negligence, they have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If such claims could be proved, a defendant could be ordered to pay damages to the grieving family.
Source: kcra.com, "Deadly motorcycle crash snarls traffic in Arden-Arcade area", Sarah Heise, Aug. 7, 2017