There are multiple laws and other safety measures in place in an attempt to prevent motor vehicle accidents, including speed limits and traffic lights. While failing to stop at a red light may seem to some as a relatively minor traffic infraction, doing so can often have tragic consequences. In fact, when doing so causes motorcycle accidents, the results can often be fatal. Police in California are currently investigating a recent crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.
The incident that led to the 48-year-old man's death happened on a day in mid-January. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist was southbound while a pickup truck was eastbound. The motorcycle reportedly slammed into the left side of the pickup truck after they both entered an intersection.
The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured in the collision. In the days following the fatal crash, the California Highway Patrol stated that it is unclear which vehicle had a green light. An investigation will work to make that determination.
Because of the relative lack of protection that motorcycles provide, motorcycle accidents can easily cause serious harm to cyclists, potentially even resulting in death. If it is determined that this California crash was caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, the deceased man's surviving family members have legal options. For example, an experienced attorney can help them fight for recompense in a civil court. If successfully presented, the family could receive a financial award that will help with a variety of different expenses stemming from their loss, including funeral costs and lost wages.
Source: bakersfieldnow.com, "Motorcycle rider dead in crash at Taft Highway, South Union Avenue", Jan. 13, 2018