California Highway Police were recently called to a ghastly scene in the aftermath of a collision. Sadly, the incident resulted in a fatality. It was just before 7 p.m. on a recent Tuesday when the motorcycle accident occurred.
Vehicle struck the back of the motorcycle
Preliminary investigations show that the motorcycle was traveling north on I-5 moments before a vehicle struck it from behind. The sudden impact of the collision caused the rider to be ejected from the motorcycle. After being sent airborne into the roadway, a tractor-trailer ran over the motorcyclist.
Three lanes of traffic shut down
It was some time before three nearby traffic lanes could be opened for travel after police and rescuers arrived at the scene. No details were provided as to what may have caused the person driving the vehicle behind the motorcycle to fail to stop in time before causing a rear-end collision. Many similar collisions that have occurred in the past were later found to have been caused by driver negligence.
Fatal motorcycle accidents often lead to litigation
When a spouse or other family member learns that a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, they are met with an irreparable loss. Feelings of frustration and anger often accompany grief, especially in situations where evidence shows that a collision might have been prevented were it not for a driver’s reckless or careless behavior at the wheel. California law allows an immediate family member of a fatally injured victim to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court against the person deemed responsible for the collision.