All drivers, regardless of their mode of transportation, are likely aware that they face some degree of risk when they ride on California roadways. This knowledge, however, does not make being involved in a serious accident any less shocking. Unfortunately, police are currently investigating two motorcycle accidents that took place within an hour of each other.

The first accident happened around 1:30 p.m. one afternoon in early July. According to reports regarding, a sports utility vehicle driven by a 32-year-old woman was traveling in the wrong lane on a California highway around a blind curve. The SUV reportedly collided head-on with a motorcycle ridden by a 60-year-old man. While the SUV driver was not injured, the motorcyclist suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Approximately an hour later on the same highway, a fatal motorcycle accident occurred. According to reports, a westbound driver attempted a U-turn into the eastbound lanes. The eastbound motorcycle attempted to avoid the vehicle, causing him to lose control. Both the motorcyclist and his 44-year-old passenger were ejected from the bike. The passenger passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.

As both of these motorcycle accidents demonstrate, the effects can often be devastating, leaving some victims grieving the loss of a loved one and others struggling to recover from serious injuries. Unfortunately, the consequences of such an incident are financial as well as physical and emotional. Fatalities leave families struggling to cope with loss of wages and funeral expenses while those who suffer injuries can easily become overwhelmed by medical bills and unable to work while they recover. If an accident was caused by another’s negligence, those harmed have the option of pursuing damages in a California civil court. In cases where such claims can be proved, victims could receive a monetary award.

Source: Gilroy, Ca. Patch, “Female Motorcycle Passenger, 44, Dies Of Injuries After Hwy 152 Crash“, July 5, 2016