A tragedy occurred on a California highway just before 8 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. A collision occurred in an eastbound lane, involving an SUV and a motorcycle. Sadly, the motorcyclist did not survive the incident.
A sky cam used to assess the scene showed footage of the SUV sitting at the side of the road. The motorcycle was nearby. Apparently, the biker was left trapped under the SUV, which had struck him moments earlier. Authorities who responded to the collision pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene.
Road closed after the fatal crash
California Highway Patrol officers closed all eastbound lanes to traffic throughout Tuesday night while they investigated the accident. Many fatal accidents are later determined to have been caused by driver negligence, such as distraction at the wheel or acting under the influence of alcohol. When a fatality occurs that may have been preventable were it not for driver negligence, an immediate family member of the victim may seek restitution in a civil court.
How can a family member seek compensation for damages?
When a motorcyclist or other California traveler suffers fatal injuries because of driver negligence in a collision, a spouse, adult child, parent or legal guardian can seek justice on the decedent’s behalf. The process typically begins by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court. A judge or jury will then review the evidence presented and decide the case. Because this type of litigation is complicated and highly stressful, it is always best to seek legal support before heading to court.