Motorists often forget that they are not driving the only objects on the road — they are sharing the road with motorcyclists. Unfortunately, by overlooking them, motorists endanger a motorcyclist’s life while taking turns or switching lanes. As a result, drivers and motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries.
A tragic crash over the Labor Day weekend highlighted the consequences of negligent driving. A Massachusetts couple was riding on their motorcycle when they were struck from behind by a pickup truck being driven by an 84-year-old. The 57-year-old couple was trying to turn from one road onto another when they were hit. According to police authorities, speed and alcohol didn’t seem to be factors in the motorcycle accident, but the investigation is ongoing. The couple left behind three children.
These children will now undoubtedly be trying to come to grips with their new reality. Losing someone suddenly in an unexpected car accident can be an emotionally difficult and frustrating time. While they are trying to come to terms with their loss, surviving family members of the accident victim also have to deal with expenses such as funeral costs and a loss of income.
One way to both hold a negligent driver responsible for their actions and receive compensation that could cover financial costs associated with the accident is to pursue a civil lawsuit. Whether it is a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim, it might be possible to work with an experienced attorney and determine how to exercise one’s legal options in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.