Summer is finally upon us, and as school is out and more people are enjoying fun summer activities such as beach days and vacations, there is also the potential that more motorcycles will be traveling the roadways of California. Although motorcycles provide a source of entertainment and enjoyment for their riders, they can also present dangers that are not as likely when residents travel in a passenger vehicle.
When motorcyclists are involved in a motorcycle accident, they are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries than those individuals that are traveling in the other involved vehicle. This is true due to the small stature of a motorcycle, as well as the lack of protection provided by the vehicle. The potential severity of such an accident was evidenced by an accident that recently occurred in California that ultimately resulted in fatal consequences for the motorcycle accident victim.
According to reports, the accident involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle. The truck was allegedly traveling in the wrong direction and struck the motorcycle. The motorcyclist tragically suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident. The truck driver was not harmed.
The accident is still under investigation and it has not yet been released if liability for the accident will lie with the truck driver. However, in the case of accidents like this, if one of the parties acted negligently and did not exercise the required amount of care, it is quite possible that they will be held liable. When a party is held liable for another's injuries, they may be required to provide compensation to the injured party, or in this case, the surviving loved ones, to assist with the financial obligations that arose as a result of the tragedy.
Source: CBS Sacramento, "CHP: Fatal Accident Blocking Highway 160 Near Canterbury Road," June 20, 2014