Some professions, including those that require workers to drive frequently, are generally considered more dangerous than office or retail work. The sheer amount of time that these workers are on the road and behind the wheel automatically increases the opportunity for car or motorcycle accidents to happen. But what they may not expect is to get into an accident when they are off the clock.
That unfortunate circumstance happened to a San Benito bus driver, who was killed in a car accident on his way to work. He was riding a motorcycle to an elementary school at about 6:30 a.m. when he was involved in the crash, killing him. The driver of the car, a 21-year-old was taken to a local hospital and treated. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 34,000 motorcyclists were involved in a fatal accident, and about 1,222,000 people were treated for motorcycle accident injuries between 2001 and 2008. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk for injury or death when they are involved in an accident than those who are in passenger vehicles, because they are physically more exposed without the protections of the steel fame of a car, air bags and seatbelts.
Motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, are governed by the theory of negligence. If injured persons can show that the responsible party failure to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and that that failure caused their injuries, they may be able to bring a successful personal injury case for damages. In tragic circumstances where the victim is killed due to the negligence of another driver, the surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death action for an award of financial damages. These damage awards include award for loss of support, lost prospect of inheritance and medical and funeral expenses.
Source: ValleyMorningStar.com, "Bus driver killed in motorcycle accident," Fernando Del Valle, Feb. 22, 2013
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