There are a variety of ways to legally use California roadways, but some of these methods could hold more risk than others. For example, motorcyclists can be seriously injured -- even killed -- due to the negligent acts of others. Because of their smaller size, motorcyclists could be more difficult to see, especially when drivers are not sufficiently vigilant. In fact, many motorcycle accidents are caused by a failure to yield the right of way.
Unfortunately, such an accident has reportedly proved fatal recently. Police reports indicate that a 32-year-old male was riding his motorcycle at approximately 2 p.m. on a day in early May. Police say that a 58-year-old man driving a pickup truck failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist and attempted a left turn into its path.
Unfortunately, the motorcycle collided with the truck. The rider is said to have been ejected from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear if criminal charges are anticipated.
Because motorcyclists may be more difficult to see, all drivers must ensure that there are none in the area before they attempt a turn. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can easily prove fatal, as this recent one illustrates. Now, a family is left unexpectedly planning a funeral and facing a future potentially filled with financial complications due to funeral expenses and lost wages. As a result, many in California who have lost a loved one in such a manner choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties determined to be responsible. Often, they want an attorney on their side who is familiar with motorcycles and the accidents that riders can be involved in as they seek justice for their deceased loved one.
Source: taftmidwaydriller.com, "Update: CHP releases more information on fatal motorcycle crash", May 7, 2018