When the weather is nice, as it often is in California during the summer months, there are more motorcyclists on the road enjoying a ride. Generally when there are more vehicles out on the road, the chances of a motorcycle accident occurring can increase.
When a motorcycle crash happens, it impacts not only the individuals involved but others as well. This is especially true when an accident is fatal. The family of the victim is affected for the rest of their lives, having lost a loved one unexpectedly. This past weekend, a motorcycle crash took the life of a Sacramento man.
California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. However it is known that the man had been on his motorcycle in the evening. A car was driving down the road in the opposite direction and made a left turn, crossing the other lane of traffic. The car's driver did not see the motorcycle coming and turned right into his path. The collision caused the man to be ejected from his motorcycle. Responders found the man in the street; he did not survive.
In a matter of moments, a family lost their loved one. It is unclear why the car's driver did not see the motorcyclist. Was there low visibility at that time of night? Perhaps the driver was dealing with eye trouble. Police have already ruled out drugs or alcohol being a contributing factor, but there may have been something else that distracted the driver at the time of the crash.
As the man's family tries to grapple with their loss, they will likely be bombarded with a number of other things they must deal with such as medical and funeral expenses. Families who have lost loved ones because of the negligence of another can seem compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Though no amount of money can change the past, it can help the family move forward.
Source: Sacramento Bee: "CHP investigates weekend motorcycle facility on Fair Oaks Boulevard," Bill Lindelof, Aug. 10, 2011.
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