The California Highway Patrol is investigating a suspected DUI crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. This was just one of many car accidents in which innocent people die as the result of the alleged negligence of others. In this case, the person who died was a 50-year-old Harley Davidson rider from Long Beach.
According to the CHP, the crash occurred at approximately 3:40 a.m. on a recent Sunday in Riverside on the 215 Freeway. A preliminary accident report indicates that a 20-year-old man was southbound on the freeway in a car when he crashed into the rear of the motorcycle. Law enforcement suspects that the speed of the car at the time of the collision was exceeding 100 mph.
Reportedly, the impact caused the ejection of the motorcyclist, which led to his death within minutes. The car rolled over, and the driver fled on foot. Police arrested him at his home later that day, at which time he appeared intoxicated. He was arrested on suspected DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter — all felonies.
Civil lawsuits often follow car accidents that involve negligent or drunk drivers who cause the deaths of others. The surviving family members of those who lost their lives in such crashes may pursue financial relief. Navigating a wrongful death lawsuit at such an emotional time could be challenging. For that reason, the services of an experienced attorney are often sought. A California wrongful death lawyer can launch an independent investigation to establish negligence and assist with the documentation of claims to present for the court’s adjudication.