According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of motorcyclists who died in traffic accidents in the U.S. more than doubled between 1999 and 2008, including reaching an all-time high in 2008. Unfortunately, many of those deaths resulted not from mistakes by the motorcyclists but their fellow motorists.
Sadly, our area was recently the site of a hit-and-run motorcycle wreck in which a 22-year-old Marine lost his life, according to KNSD. The accident happened in the 300 block of Douglas Drive at about 8 a.m. on a weekday and involved a Budget Rental box truck, in addition to the motorcycle.
As both vehicles were heading north on Douglas Drive, the box truck began to make a U-turn in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was not able to stop his bike in time and collided with the back of the truck. The 22-year-old Marine suffered fatal injuries in the crash, including major blunt force trauma to his head.
After the wreck, the box truck driver fled the scene in his vehicle. The motorcyclist died later that day around 4:30 p.m. after being flown to Scripps La Jolla Hospital and placed on life support.
The driver of the Budget Rental truck later returned to the accident scene, where he was apprehended by Oceanside Police. He was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run.
Who Can I Call If My Loved One Was Killed in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist, you deserve to see the responsible party brought to justice. In addition to facing criminal charges, negligent motorists often have a civil lawsuit filed against them by their victims or their families. Through a civil suit, victims can hold those at fault for their pain and suffering accountable and receive compensation to cover hospital bills, funeral costs and lost income.
For more information about personal injury lawsuits or to discuss your situation with attorney Frederick M. Dudek for free, call us today to schedule a consultation.
[Did You Know: According to the CDC, from 2001-2008, the highest death rates for motorcyclists in the U.S. were among 20-24 year olds.]
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