California Motorcyclist Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash During the First Weeks of January

Tragedy has struck once again as a 30-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident in mid-January. Police have not yet released the name of the victim or the specifics of the accident. Wille the surviving members of the victim’s family have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit? Only time – and the facts – will tell.

What We Know About the Accident

While the full details of the accident have not yet been released, we know that a 30-year old man was riding a motorcycle on Waterman Boulevard in Fairfield. Around 4:00 PM he came upon the intersection of Highway-80 when he collided with an SUV. The accident was just south of the freeway, near the eastbound offramp.

When paramedics arrived the man was on the ground. They took him to the local hospital and he was pronounced dead shortly after. The only person in the SUV was the driver, a 63-year-old man, who did not suffer major injuries. According to the police, he stayed at the scene and is cooperating.

What is Not Known About the Accident

Namely, the cause of the accident. The accident scene was closed until 8 PM the night of the accident as officers gathered information. At this point it is unknown if the driver of the SUV or the motorcycle was at fault, whether either of them was driving under the influence, or if it was indeed an accident no one could have prevented.

The Surviving Family Members May Have a Wrongful Death Suit

If it turns out that the driver of the SUV was at fault, then the surviving family members of the motorcycle rider may have grounds to sue for wrongful death. This might be the case if the rider had children, a spouse, or other family members who depended on them financially. It may be the case if the SUV driver broke the law, was not paying attention, was under the influence of alcohol, or was otherwise at fault – even partially – for the accident.

What the Family Can Expect if They Move Forward with a Wrongful Death Case

If the family does feel they have cause for a wrongful death claim, their first step is to contact a personal injury attorney. If they were to call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 they would start with a free legal consultation. We would determine if they have grounds for a case. If we determined that they did and agreed to take the case, it would be on a contingency basis. What does this mean for them? It means they would not owe us a penny until we won their case for them.

If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury case, we strongly advise you to contact us today and get started.