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Motorcycle accident may give rise to wrongful death claim

On May 7, a fateful decision by a motorcyclist to change directions may have cost the life of a woman who was riding as a passenger on his vehicle. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on around 8:30 p.m., near Biddle Ranch Road and state Highway 227 in San Luis Obispo, California.

Authorities say that just prior to the accident, the driver of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old man from Pismo Beach, California, was traveling southbound on U.S. 101 while in control of his black Harley Davidson motorcycle. At some point, authorities say that the motorcycle made a U-turn and later collided with a northbound Ford Ranger pickup truck that was traveling along state Highway 227 at roughly 25 mph.

The impact of the motorcycle with the right front side of the pickup caused both the driver of the motorcycle and his 29-year-old passenger to be ejected from the vehicle. Both victims eventually came to rest along the shoulder of Highway 227. The driver of the pickup truck was unharmed; however, first responders rushed both occupants of the motorcycle to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries. Authorities say the motorcycle passenger later died of her injuries at Sierra Vista Hospital. The CHP indicated that the accident is still under investigation, yet they did reveal that the motorcycle driver failed to see the pickup truck prior to accelerating into traffic in front of it.

If you have lost a loved one due to a preventable accident, there are a few things you should know. California law allows the family members of persons killed through wrongful actions or negligence to sue on behalf of the deceased. Generally, the victim's family is entitled to sue those individuals responsible for the death of their loved one for economic and non-economic damages. An example of economic damages include money the victim may have possibly contributed to his or her family if he or she would have lived a normal life. An example of non-economic damages are the loss of emotional support those surviving family members will have to endure. An attorney experienced in California wrongful death lawsuits can assist you in pursuing recovery of your losses.

Source: KEYT, "SLO Motorcycle Accident Kills 29-Year-Old Woman," May. 08, 2015

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