Motorcycles and motorcyclists sometimes get a bad rep across the country. When many California residents think of a motorcyclist, they consider them reckless and the primary cause of a motorcycle accident. However, this is a false assumption. Whether you are driving a car, truck or motorcycle, you are expected to drive safely and pay attention to the road and your surroundings. When a driver is driving recklessly and not paying attention, innocent people can be injured or killed.
Recently, a pickup truck turned left at an intersection. Unfortunately, he struck a motorcycle when he made his left-hand turn. When the motorcycle and pickup collided, the force ejected the 41-year-old man from the motorcycle. He reportedly passed away at the scene of the crash. No information was provided on the condition of the pickup driver.
The accident is currently under investigation. Therefore, it is not clear if the pickup truck made a left turn when the signal light was red or if the motorcyclist ran a red light. The information that is concluded from the investigation will be helpful data should the non-responsible party wish to file a legal claim against the responsible party.
If the police determine that the pickup driver was at fault for this California motorcycle accident, the family of the deceased victim may be interested in evaluating their available legal options. A wrongful death claim might be one option for the motorcyclist’s family to recover damages suffered as a result of the untimely death of their loved one. However, if it is found that the motorcyclist was the responsible party, the pickup truck driver may be able to recover his own damages from the family of the motorcyclist, which could include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, Motorcyclist dies in Arden Arcade crash, Bill Lindelof, Jan. 13, 2014