California’s temperate climate lends itself so well to motorcycle riding all year round. While mostly good weather may reduce problems with dangerous road conditions, it cannot negate the realities that bikers face when it comes to sharing the road with other motorists. Motorcyclists must always be aware of the risks posed to them by negligent drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles.
A reminder of this can be seen in the recent death of a motorcyclist caused by a crash with a suspected drugged driver who is now in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside after being charged with multiple criminal offenses. The incident occured on a Friday morning along a stretch of Interstate 10 near Bob Hope Drive. A 56-year-old woman in a passenger car is said to have hit a motorcycllist not just while he was on his bike but after he was thrown from his bike as well. The woman, who was driving on a suspended license, then failed to stop but was later found by authorities.
The 41-year-old biker from Compton was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Criminal charges against the woman include driving under the influence of drugs, vehicular manslaughter and murder.
After the loss of a loved one so unnecessarily like this, people in California might want to talk with a lawyer to learn about their rights and how they may pursue compensation for their loss.
Source: KESQ.com, “Authorities ID motorcyclist killed after being hit by woman accused of DUI,” Katie Widner, April 7, 2017