When a person obtains a license to operate a motorcycle in California, he or she must adhere to all safety regulations and traffic laws that apply throughout the state. A motorcyclist might be alert, cautious and obedient to traffic regulations, however, and still suffer injury if a collision occurs because of another driver’s negligence. Sadly, a recent crash involving a car and motorcycle resulted in a fatality.
Incident was reported just before 9 p.m.
California Highway Patrol officers began investigating the collision at approximately 8:45 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Preliminary investigations show that there were two vehicles involved — one car and one motorcycle. Police say the motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact of the crash.
Fatal collision investigations often take weeks or longer to conclude
When police arrive at an accident scene, they often speak to numerous people, including, if possible, any driver who was involved, as well as witnesses who may have seen a crash take place. If there is a fatality, as in this case, investigators may take weeks, even months to develop a full report. Primary questions are typically what or who may have caused a crash to occur, such as if there was driver negligence involved.
The aftermath of a fatal collision
When a family learns that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle collision, the days and weeks following the incident are filled with grief and stress. From making funeral arrangements to informing other family members and friends that the loved one has died, it is a time of great sorrow for a community. When the cause of death is determined to have been another driver’s negligence, such cases may prompt litigation if an immediate family member chooses to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court.