California highways serve several important purposes. Not only are they are a means of transporting people from place to place, but they are also a way to transport items from place to place. Regardless of the reason, those using the highways have a responsibility -- both legal and moral -- to take measures to protect others. Unfortunately, reports claim that failure to do so has recently resulted in a fatal accident.
The accident is said to have happened on a day in October. According to reports, a 26-year-old male was riding a motorcycle on a California on-ramp. Unfortunately, his motorcycle reportedly struck a refrigerator that was in the roadway.
Witnesses administered CPR, and the man reportedly regained consciousness for a brief period of time. However, he ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered. The refrigerator reportedly fell from a truck. Comments made by the deceased man's loved ones indicate that it had not been properly secured and that the death was a result of negligence. Though the incident remains under investigation, criminal charges were not filed against the truck driver in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
Motorcyclists often face additional risks in comparison to drivers of more traditional passenger vehicles. What could be a bump in a road to a car could have devastating consequences for a motorcycle. However, a large appliance in a roadway could result in harm to any motorist, regardless of the size of the vehicle. Even if criminal charges are not filed as a result of the fatal accident in California, surviving family members have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties believed responsible for the incident. Doing so could potentially result in a monetary judgment that will help with the financial losses associated with the man's death.