Anyone who has ever walked away from a motorcycle collision unharmed probably considers themselves to be extremely lucky. Motorcyclists know, whether they ride street bikes or dirt bikes, that a motorcycle accident most likely will lead to broken bones at a minimum, and, at worst, a fatality. Unfortunately for one rider in the local area, the worst case scenario became a reality.
According to a recent report, a motorcyclist was riding his bike on Highway 101 when he was the victim in a fatal motorcycle crash. Although the California Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the incident, the early indications point toward three vehicles being involved in the crash, including the motorcycle. The reports indicate that the motorcyclist was going back and forth between lanes of traffic when he was sideswiped by one vehicle, and then run over by a big rig truck. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, and traffic was severely affected because the crash occurred around rush hour time, at about 6:30 p.m.
Any fatal accident on California roadways will usually lead to an investigation. When the authorities conduct these investigations, the primary concern is usually to determine what caused the accident to begin with, and then to determine if the accident was due to one party's negligence. As our readers can probably imagine, the findings in these investigations can be crucial if a civil lawsuit is filed.
It remains to be seen whether or not the motorcyclist in this case has family members who may be considering a wrongful death lawsuit. Such a cause of action would seek to recover compensation that could be used to cover funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Sunnyvale: Motorcyclist killed in crash on Highway 101," Eric Kurhi, Jan. 22, 2014