Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families have important legal options. A police officer recently died after a motorcycle accident in southeast Louisiana. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred when another vehicle turned in front of the police officer's motorcycle. The police officer, who was not on duty at the time of the accident, was unable to avoid the car crossing in front of him and collided with it.
The driver who turned in front of the police officer was cited for improper turning. Authorities noted they would contact the prosecutor once the investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident is complete. Motorcycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident, which can result in death. The harm to victims and their families can be extensive and unthinkable.
Motorcycle accidents, unfortunately, are commonplace because careless and inattentive drivers oftentimes fail to spot motorcycles and turn in front of them, violating their right of way. When a negligent driver fails to share the roadway with a motorcycle, the consequences for the motorcyclist and their family can be tragic. As a result, personal injury and wrongful death legal options are available to help victims.
A personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages may be brought against a negligent driver, such as one cited for a traffic infraction, to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a motorcycle accident. Because of the extensive nature of the damages associated with a motorcycle accident, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.
Source: The Times Picayune, "Funeral services Tuesday for Slidell officer killed in motorcycle crash," Bob Warren, Sept. 25, 2017