Motorcycle Accidents: Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Claims as a Result of Motorcycle Accidents are Common

From 1998 to 2008, the number of motorcyclists that were killed in accidents increased 164 percent, while the number of licensed bikers only increased 45 percent, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Despite public and private campaigns over the past few decades, it seems that motorists have not yet learned how to share the road with motorcyclists.

Statistics show that in the majority of motorcycle accidents, the motorist is at fault. Learning that the accident was caused by the gross negligence or recklessness of another, only adds to the pain of families that have unexpectedly lost a loved one.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim allows surviving family members or loved ones to seek compensation for support that the deceased would have provided had it not been for the negligent or reckless conduct of a driver.

A wrongful death lawsuit is by no means intended to try and put a value on the life of a loved one. No amount of money can replace the loss of a life, but a wrongful death lawsuit can hold the negligent or careless driver responsible for their actions, and hopefully, prevent another biker from becoming a victim.

Do You Have a Strong Case?

We have represented the families of several motorcycle accident wrongful death victims, and have found that the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident is often to blame. If the other driver acted with negligence, and that negligence led to the accident which claimed the victim’s life, we would pursue compensation either from the driver directly, or, more commonly, from their insurance provider.

There are of course many other factors that can cause motorcycle accident wrongful deaths including faulty manufacturing, hazardous road conditions, as well as criminal negligence like drunk driving.

Wrongful Death Statue of Limitations

When you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, the farthest thing from family member’s minds is protecting their legal rights; however, it’s important to remember that filing a wrongful death claim is a serious responsibility.

In order to ensure that the legal process is moving forward and evidence is still fresh in the minds of witnesses, California law only allows a certain amount of time to file a claim. Once this time, the statue of limitations, has run out, families may no longer be eligible to take legal action against the negligent parties and entitlement to compensation is lost.

You May Have a Claim to Compensation
Yellow-Check-MarkIf you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Estey & Bomberger, LLP represents families of those killed in motorcycle accidents. If your loved one lost his or her life in a motorcycle accident, your family deserves to be fairly compensated.

So that we can determine whether you have a serious claim to compensation, please provide your name and phone number to the right. A representative from Estey & Bomberger, LLP will contact you shortly.

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