The legal process and the options it affords protect motorcycle accident victims and their families. While no one expects to get involved in a motorcycle accident, such an event could result in a serious and tragic aftermath. Therefore, it is imperative to understand what recourses are available to victims and their loved ones.
A fatal motorcycle accident just south of Los Angeles recently claimed the life of a motorcyclist. Based on reports, the motorcycle crash occurred between the motorcycle and a van. According to surveillance footage from a nearby business, the two vehicles were driving in separate directions when the van turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision. Authorities noted that the van failed to yield to the right of way of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The van left the scene of the accident without stopping and authorities are attempting to locate the driver. Authorities are investigating the accident and interviewing witnesses. Unfortunately, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of the motor vehicle violates the motorcyclist's right of way and causes the accident.
Due to driver inattention or other types of negligence, drivers commonly fail to observe motorcycles, which can result in devastating consequences for victims and their families. Personal injury options may be available to help victims with the damages suffered in a motorcycle accident. In addition, a wrongful death claim may be brought on behalf of surviving family members of a motorcycle accident victim killed in a motorcycle accident.
Both victims and family members may receive help with the physical, financial and emotional harm suffered in a motorcycle accident. It is important for motorcycle accident victims and their families harmed by a careless driver to become familiar with the legal rights, remedies and protections available to them.
Source: KTLA.com, "Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Fatally Striking Motorcyclist in Santa Ana," Cindy von Quednow, et al., March 17, 2017