There are a variety of different ways to safely and lawfully utilize California roadways. Unfortunately, those who use a motorcycle may face the increased possibility of being injured in an accident as a result of the relative lack of protection to the majority of their bodies. Because motorcycles may also be less visible due to their smaller size, other drivers must remain vigilant at all times. A recent fatal accident illustrates the potential harm such an accident can cause.
The accident happened at approximately 9:20 p.m. on a day in late November. According to reports, a 65-year-old motorcyclist was traveling on a California roadway when the accident happened. An oncoming vehicle, driven by a 73-year-old man, reportedly turned left into the path of the motorcyclist, resulting in a collision.
The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital, but he passed away approximately two hours after the collision. According to the medical examiner, he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his chest; reports indicate that he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The driver of the van was not injured. Police do not think drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident.
Unfortunately, no matter how attentive a motorcyclist is while using California roadways, he or she can easily fall victim to the oversight of other drivers. A family is now left coping with the news of the fatal accident -- an accident that could likely have been prevented. In addition to the grief over their loss, many families also experience financial difficulties as a result of lost wages and funeral expenses. However, they have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit; a successfully presented case could result in an award of damages that will help ensure they are able to meet their financial obligations following such a loss.
Source: La Jolla, CA Patch, "Motorcyclist Killed In Pacific Beach Identified", Nov. 30, 2017