The worst nightmare for many families in California and across the country is learning about the unexpected death of loved one. Unfortunately, this news may be even more difficult to process when that death was the result of the negligent acts of another driver and could have easily been prevented. For example, police believe that a recent fatal motorcycle accident was caused by a wrong-way driver.
The incident happened on a day in early June. According to reports, the victim was a 44-year-old male motorcyclist who was exiting the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist collided head-on with a vehicle headed the wrong way.
While the driver of the alleged wrong-way vehicle reportedly suffered no injuries, the motorcyclist died at the scene. Police claim that the surviving driver was lost and executed an illegal U-turn onto the ramp. According to the California Highway Patrol, it has yet to be determined if criminal charges will be filed against the surviving driver.
Unfortunately, a family must now face the consequences of the fatal motorcycle accident. While the emotional implications of such a loss are clear, many families also suffer financially as a result of lost wages and funeral costs. Because of this, those who have lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of another may choose to seek damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against those believed to be responsible. An attorney with experience with such cases can guide them throughout the process which, if successful, could result in a monetary award.