Though most people who ride motorcycles follow proper safety precautions, they can’t always count on others to do the same. Since motorbikes are considerably smaller and offer less protection than passenger vehicles, bikers face increased risk when they get into a motorcycle accident. They are more likely to suffer a serious injury or even lose their life. This was the sad case for one California motorcyclist who died recently after being hit by a pickup truck.
Authorities say that the collision happened on a recent afternoon on a state route. They allege that the pickup truck was traveling north when he came upon a traffic stop, but didn’t see it in time. The driver apparently swerved left and struck two other vehicles, crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic. Police say the truck then hit the 70-year-old motorcyclist, whose body then hit a 73-year-old rider on another motorbike. The first motorcyclist died at the scene while the second was rushed to a hospital with what thankfully turned out to be minor injuries.
The road closed for around two hours while investigators worked to determine exactly what happened. So far, no charges have been filed in connection with the accident, but police also haven’t announced whether they intend to do so. They have reported that they do not believe alcohol or drugs factored into the crash.
Whatever the outcome of this particular case may be, it only serves to highlight how motorcyclists can face significant danger in a crash. Anyone here in California who has been in or lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident may want to carefully consider available legal options. It may make sense to file a civil claim against any parties believed responsible in the pursuit of justice.