After a long cold winter, the warmer months create an ideal time to feel the freedom of the road on a motorbike. Many bikers express the view that there is nothing like the feeling of riding one's bike on the open roads, but many will also acknowledge the vulnerability of a biker and the possibility of serious injury in motorcycle accidents. A recent fatal accident in California is just one more example of how vulnerable a biker is.
The accident happened on a recent Saturday at the end of June around lunchtime. According to the reports, a 56-year-old man was traveling on his 2004 Harley Davidson when a 46-year-old man driving an SUV turned into his path. It is not clear if the biker was speeding. The biker tried to avoid the impact by laying his motorcycle down.
The biker was transported to a nearby medical center. Unfortunately, his injuries were too severe and he passed away. Neither the driver nor the passenger of the SUV suffered any injuries. According to the authorities, no corroboration could be found to substantiate the reports of a second hit-and-run vehicle being involved.
California law allows for seriously injured victims, or the legal estate of deceased victims, to elect to file for compensation against an allegedly negligent driver. Should the evidence prove negligence on behalf of the defendant, financial damages may be awarded by a civil court. A successful wrongful death claim may assist the family in meeting the financial burdens that typically accompany tragedies of this nature.