Motorcycles are sometimes more difficult to see because of their smaller size. As a result, drivers of more traditional motor vehicles must remain vigilant at all times to help protect these motorists. Unfortunately, a recent fatal accident in California demonstrates the potential harm that motorcyclists face.
The accident happened one evening on a day in mid-October. According to reports, a 28-year-old man was driving south on a California roadway when he attempted a left turn. Unfortunately, he apparently turned into the path of a northbound motorcycle operated by a 22-year-old man.
There was apparently a collision between the two that resulted in major injuries to the motorcyclist. He was transported to the hospital where he passed away from his injuries. The surviving driver was arrested, charged with driving under the influence of drugs causing injuries and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
The dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are well-publicized. Unfortunately, people in California and other areas of the country continue to make the risky decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, often leaving families of innocent victims grieving the unexpected death of their loved one. To help cope with the financial fallout of a fatal accident such as this, families have the choice of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help these surviving family members fully understand their options and choose the most appropriate one. While a successfully presented case will likely do little to reduce their grief, it will help ensure that they will be able to manage the financial consequences of their loss.
Source: kesq.com, “Motorcyclist dies after being hit by driver under the influence”, Katie Widner and Jesus Reyes, Oct. 14, 2017