Traveling via motorcycle is often extremely enjoyable for the rider, unfortunately that comes with significant risks. One man paid the ultimate price for riding when he was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash however the man responsible for the motorcyclist's death has now pled guilty.
The accident happened on Interstate 15 a little over a year ago. The negligent party who hit the motorcycle accident victim was drunk driving in his truck at around 12:30pm when he cross over into the wrong lane and hit the motorcycle head on. The 60-year-old rider, father of 5 and grandfather to 15, died at the scene. The driver's blood alcohol level was 0.32, almost four times higher than the legal limit in California. This accident occurred after the driver had been arrested a little over a month before for alleged drunk driving. The driver is now sentenced to prison for 15 years to life.
After the loss of a loved one, a family must now be forced to deal with the emotional trauma in addition to the potential of financial difficulties as well. They are potentially faced with medical bills, funeral costs, loss of income and other related costs. For that reason, a civil case must often be brought in order for the family to be able to recoup those costs from the responsible party. In order to do so, they also will typically wait for the conclusion of any criminal case pending against that party. This is because if the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty, it allows for the civil suit to proceed much quicker, as the responsible party can no longer be questioned.
Moving on from the loss of a loved one can be incredibly difficult. However, that process can be made somewhat easier with the proper assistance.
Source: CBS 8, "Drunken wrong-way driver pleads guilty in fatal collision", Sept. 18, 2013