California – March 18, 2021

A multi-vehicle crash ended with a 42-year-old motorcycle rider suffering fatal injury after he was transported to the hospital.  He was thrown from his Honda Cargo 150 bike when a truck rear-ended him while he was stopped at a red light.  The accident occurred near Brown Field Municipal airport when a 71-year old driver in a 2008 Ford F-150 drove into the back of the motorcycle.  The truck driver was not injured.  When accidental death is the outcome of driver negligence, an accident attorney may be able to help families recover necessary damage compensation.

Wrongful death actions.

Damages related to wrongful death after car accidents are usually paid out by insurance companies who gave liability coverage to the entity, or person who was negligent. Damages may include medical bills, future care, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses and future impacts to financial stability to surviving loved ones. Punitive damages may be awarded in certain cases.  A skilled personal injury lawyer can assist with damage recovery for both economic and punitive awards.

Accidental death benefit.

Motorcyclist crashes often result in significant bodily harm and fatal injury, as riders are likely to hit the ground, be ejected into the air before landing, or absorb the impact of the accident in full force on their body with no protection from a metal framework.  Motorcycle insurance policies may have an accidental death benefit rider, whereby the victim’s loved ones may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical treatment and funeral expenses.  A motorcycle accident attorney can review the policy to check the personal injury protection coverage (PIP) that includes death benefits which may address funeral expenses, medical bills, and beneficiary amounts.

California fault state. 

Blatant negligent acts in the State of California may have added to the over 3,500 lives lost to accidents in 2018, resulting in criminal and civil lawsuits.  California is a “fault” state with regard to accidents, meaning that a victim can bring a claim against the responsible party before they file a claim against their own “no-fault” insurance, and there is a two year time period to file a suit after an accident.

Hire an attorney.

A California accident attorney can guide actions after an untimely death to ensure future financial stability for dependents of the person who died.  They can work with insurance companies to expediently pay costs related to funeral and burial expenses, and address losses sustained to property, medical bills, lost wages, or future expenses incurred by the estate of the person who died.  The Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates can assist surviving loved ones with insurance claims after a fatal injury caused by a motorcycle accident.

 

Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation

501 West Broadway, Suite 1650

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-233-8021

Fax: 619-233-3730

 

Sources:

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/13507-motorcycle_safety_plan_050919_v8-tag.pdf

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2021-03-18/motorcyclist-killed-in-crash-near-brown-field-airport

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/california_fy2017_ar.pdf

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23103.

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