Motorcyclist Dies Following Fiery Accident Involving Semi-Truck in the City of Rancho Cucamonga
The State of California has one of the highest numbers of registered motorcyclists in the nation. Yet this comes to no surprise as the state has some of the most scenic routes in the country and enjoyable year-round weather. Unfortunately, California is no stranger to motorcycle accidents, and as a result of the influx of riders on state roads, the state is also experiencing an increase in motorcycle accidents.
Earlier this year, a motorcyclist was fatally injured following a collision with a large commercial vehicle while traveling on the 15 Freeway in the City of Rancho Cucamonga. It is not known why the motorcyclist hit the big rig, but the collision led the big rig driver to swerve and crash the truck. Consequently, the accident prompted a fire on the big rig’s cab, forcing freeway closures throughout the night. It took a total of three fire engines to extinguish the fiery blaze. The driver of the large commercial truck was expected to make a full recovery.
As a result of the design of all motorcycles, these motor vehicles are inherently dangerous to all those who use them. Upon collision, a motorcycle provides no protection to the rider. Instead, riders face additional dangers when driving a motorcycle.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, or OTS, motorcycle fatalities have decreased by a near 16 percent between 2017 and 2018. Although this seems like a great improvement, OTS still reported a total of 488 motorcycle fatalities in 2018. Indisputably, motorcycle accidents are prone to catastrophic injuries. When an accident is caused as a result of another party, the ability to recover compensation may be possible.
In a majority of motorcycle accidents, the party responsible for causing the accident will be the other driver involved in the collision, but this is not always the case. There are many outside parties that could have contributed to the accident, and these parties can be held accountable for the injuries they caused.
The State of California protects accident victims’ rights to seek compensation when the accident was caused by a negligent party. Whether this careless party was the other driver or another party, it is important to seek the legal support of a qualified attorney. Motorcycle accident cases can be complex, and will require an in-depth understanding of the applicable laws. Consider seeking the legal guidance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
When an motorcycle accident has been caused by a third party, this can implicate some of the following parties:
- The government agency that designed the faulty road where the accident occurred,
- The company that constructed the defective road where the accident occurred,
- The company that manufactured the motorcycle’s defective parts, and
- The company that manufactures the other vehicle’s defective parts
As the aforementioned case implies, it is not known why the rider collided with the big rig. Although reckless driving on behalf of the rider is always a possibility, there are also outside factors that could have contributed to the unfortunate accident.
As a result of the complexities of these types of cases, it is necessary to seek the legal support of a qualified law firm who will diligently investigate the case and identify all possible liable parties. Additionally, when the accident results in the death of the victim, the victim’s family can seek monetary reparations on behalf of the victim through a wrongful death claim. Successful wrongful death claims can provide the victim’s survivors with reparations including, but not limited to:
- The victim’s medical expenses before his or her passing,
- The victim’s pain and suffering prior to passing,
- Property damage,
- Loss of wages and benefits,
- Funeral costs,
- Burial expenses,
- Loss of consortium, and
- Loss of companionship
In the aftermath of a victim’s sudden passing, the victim’s loved ones can face difficult emotional challenges and unexpected economic constraints. Although pursuing legal action is not a priority for many grieving families, it is important to recognize that the financial burdens associated with the victim’s death should not rest on their shoulders.
Motorcycle accidents generally result in catastrophic injuries, but they also sometimes result in fatal injuries. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, consult the support of a skilled attorney who will defend your right to a full compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King are exceptionally qualified in motorcycle accidents. The firm transcends in advocating on behalf of injured accident victims by diligently investigating each individual case and preserving critical evidence. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King are prepared to effectively defend the rights of their clients. Consider scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the firm by contacting them through the online contact form today.