Motorcycles are fun to drive, but those who drive them do so at their own risk. Even if a motorcyclist drives safely, other motorists can cause accidents. This is because motorcycles are often difficult to see. A recent motorcycle accident in Florida has left one person dead.
The fatal motorcycle crash occurred on the afternoon of New Year’s Day at an intersection in Boca Raton, which is 45 minutes outside Miami. According to police, a car had turned in front of a motorcycle, causing the two vehicles to collide.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Homicide detectives investigated the accident scene to determine exactly how the accident was caused.
The investigation will likely help determine liability. Detectives can reconstruct the accident scene to see who was the negligent party. Even though the driver of the car turned in front of the motorcycle, perhaps the motorcyclist was speeding or disobeying another traffic law.
If the driver of the car is held responsible, he or she can receive a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way. In addition, the driver can face charges for vehicular homicide. Even though the crash and victim’s death was unintentional, it can still lead to harsh penalties.
In addition, the family of the victim can sue the negligent driver for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against a person whose negligence or intentional harm causes the death of another person. The lawsuit can help the family recover compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses and other damages caused by the accident.
Source: CBS 12 News, “Car Vs Motorcycle Wreck Ends In Tragedy In Boca Raton” Harrison Barrus, Jan. 01, 2014