When the California Highway Patrol first arrived at the scene of a motorcycle accident, it seems they presumed the motorcycle was at fault. Further investigation into the motorcycle vs. car crash has revealed that things were not that simple. Two people have since been arrested in connection with the wreck.
At first, the California Highway Patrol officers that responded to the scene were under the impression that the 28-year-old motorcyclist was solely at fault for the accident. The motorcycle rider died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. He had slammed into the back of one vehicle, was thrown from his motorcycle and was then hit by another vehicle.
As the investigation progressed, police suspect that the driver of the car the motorcycle rider may be guilty of hit-and-run and has been arrested. She is being held on $50,000 bail. The second driver is now believed to have been drunk driving at the time of the incident, and this may have contributed to the motorcyclist's death. This driver has also been arrested in connection with this accident and is being held on a bond of $100,000.
What caused the motorcycle rider to hit the back of the first vehicle isn't yet known. Regardless of what happens with the criminal charges, the family of the victim may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against one or both drivers. If it can be shown that the drivers contributed to or caused the motorcyclist's death, his family may recover the costs and damages that resulted from his death in this motorcycle vs. car crash.
Source: Diamondbar-Walnut Ca. Patch, Updated: Two Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Crash on 60 Freeway, Melanie C. Johnson, Aug. 25, 2013