While the main motorcycle riding season is winding down, there are still going to be several more beautiful days to hop on the bike and head out on the highway. For two motorcyclists riding in Livingston County, though, car vs motorcycle accidents made their rides their last.
Both accidents occurred within a week of each other. The first one happened on US-23. In that crash, the 48-year-old victim tried to avoid striking a vehicle that was turning illegally on the roadway. The investigation is still ongoing by the Michigan State Police.
The second accident happened a week later when a 51-year-old man on a Honda Goldwing was headed north on Pinckney Road near Howell. A 31-year-old woman struck the motorcycle from the rear, which sent it across into oncoming traffic. The motorcyclist was struck again, this time by pickup truck headed southbound. He died at the accident scene.
In both accidents, it appears that the other drivers — not the motorcyclists — are allegedly responsible for the two men’s deaths. Whether or not criminal charges will be filed remains to be seen; however, civil cases may be filed against the other drivers for wrongful death.
Should you lose a loved one to such a tragedy, the guidance of a personal injury attorney can be very beneficial. Family members can sue negligent or reckless drivers for many claims, such as their loved one’s final expenses, medical expenses, when necessary, loss of companionship and more. The person in charge of the deceased’s estate must be the one to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: wlns.com, “UPDATE: Livingston Co. sees 2nd fatal motorcycle accident in a week,” Aug. 20, 2015