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Wrong-way driver causes fatal motorcycle crash

Many California motorcyclists that have experience on the road understand that they are largely vulnerable to the actions of other motorists, and must therefore be especially vigilant and take it upon themselves to take necessary safety precautions at all times. For instance, some motorcyclists choose to only ride in the daytime and many others invest in top-of-the-line safety helmets. There is only so much any motorcycle rider can do, however, to protect themselves against the recklessness and/or negligence of other drivers.

A man was riding his Harley-Davidson south on an area highway in Sacramento one late morning when he was struck head-on by a pickup truck recently. The collision occurred as the motorcycle was rounding a left-hand curve in the road at approximately 50mph, and the truck was going around 30 mph at the time.

The driver of the pickup truck apparently entered the southbound lanes of the highway heading north, progressing against the flow of traffic. It is not stated how long the truck had been on the highway before striking the motorcycle. Nor is it known whether the 86-year-old driver of the truck attempted to avoid colliding with the Harley.

Another vehicle that was behind the motorcycle at the time of the collision sustained damage when it was struck by debris from the accident. The driver of that vehicle along with the driver of the truck were wearing seatbelts; and while the motorcycle rider was reportedly wearing a helmet that covered his entire face, he died instantly after being thrown from the Harley.

There was no word on whether or not the truck driver may face charges for his involvement in the fatal motorcycle accident. Though, authorities were confident that the truck driver was not under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.

Negligence on the part of motorists can be just as dangerous and damaging as incidents of DUI, and should always be taken just as seriously. Even in the event that criminal charges are not filed against a driver, accident victims and their families have the right to seek legal counsel and learn their options for gaining necessary compensation for their pain and suffering.

Source: kcra, “Motorcyclist, 56, dies in Highway 168 wrong-way crash,” Michelle Scholtz, June 20, 2014

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