The life of a young San Marcos man was tragically lost this past weekend when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a pickup truck. The accident occurred at the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, and is still under investigation. The rider was only 19 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.
Motorcycle riders are extremely vulnerable on the road because they have very little protection and are harder to see than passenger vehicles like cars and trucks. The most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist is when a car makes a left-hand turn. This type of collision accounts for 42% of all motorcycle vs. passenger vehicle accidents. Such collisions often occur when the motorcycle and the other vehicle are both approaching an intersection from opposite directions. The driver fails to see the approaching motorcycle and turns into its path. Another common accident occurs when the other vehicle changes lanes into the motorcycle, or into the path of the motorcycle. In both types of collisions, the driver making the left-hand turn or changing lanes is almost always held at fault for the accident. Drivers of larger vehicles have an obligation to be aware of their surroundings and on the alert for motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Failure to do so may result in legal action.
When a motorcycle rider is killed in a crash, his family is going to experience significant losses, both financial and emotional. If it turns out the driver of the other vehicle was at fault for the accident, the victim’s family may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the close relatives of the deceased may be entitled to compensation for burial and funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering of the victim before death, loss of future income and benefits, loss of companionship, and more.
In the unfortunate event that you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, you’ll want to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney. The legal team at Jurewitz Law Group can answer any questions you may have regarding wrongful death and personal injury claims. Call our offices at (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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