The wife of a 57-year-old motorcyclist killed on Highway 49 in California said she feels that the driver responsible for her husband's death should be held accountable for what she referred to as an irresponsible act. Her husband died in an accident when a truck driver's allegedly unsafe turn caused him to swerve his motorcycle into oncoming traffic. According to the Highway Patrol the truck driver was attempting to exit off the highway when he made a sudden turn to the left and directly into the path of the ill-fated motorcyclist – a train of events that could possibly result in the man's wife suing for wrongful death.
The evasive maneuver caused the bike to lose control and the rider was thrown to the roadway and struck by the front bumper of an oncoming vehicle. The injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle whose front bumper struck the fallen motorcyclist was found to be not at fault according to the highway patrol.
The deceased man was riding along with his sister and his nephew on two other bikes at the time of the accident while the driver of the vehicle who ultimately struck the motorcyclist was driving behind the truck. The driver of the truck did not stop at the scene of the accident and his identity remains unknown. In an effort to locate the missing driver, the highway patrol has released a picture of the truck taken by a service station's security camera.
It would be difficult to attempt to describe how the deceased man's sister and nephew felt as they saw their loved one die in front of them on the California highway. The man's wife may derive little comfort from her knowledge that her husband died doing what he loved to do – riding his bike – as she is now a widow and faces what could be an uncertain future. Wrongful death civil remedies are one way that bereaved family members can obtain a sense of closure and deal with painful emotional wounds and upcoming financial struggles. When the missing truck driver is found, the grieving family will have the opportunity to pursue such remedies.
Source: Calaveras Enterprise: Home, "Fatal crash near San Andreas," Lucas Youngblood, June 30, 2013