Motorcycles are one of the best ways to get around California. Anyone who has lane-split on a bike down a crowded freeway can attest to the freedom and convenience of two wheels over four. But biking can also pose dangers to riders that can prove life-changing or even life-ending.
On the rare occasion that a car or truck driver is involved in a crash with a motorcycle, it is always required that involved people stay at the scene of the accident and wait for emergency services. California law requires this of anyone involved in a crash causing serious vehicle damage or any sort of injury.
A 50-year-old Long Beach biker was killed in a crash in Riverside, and the California Highway Patrol believes his motorcycle was hit from behind by a car moving faster than 100 miles per hour. The accident happened before dawn on a recent Sunday on the southbound side of the 215 Freeway.
The victim was thrown from his bike and died at the scene. The driver of the speeding car apparently fled the scene on foot and was arrested at his home later in the morning. Arresting officers claimed he showed "signs of intoxication."
The driver is being held on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit and run, and vehicular manslaughter. He also may face civil charges from the survivors of the motorcycle victim.
Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families have the right to sue for financial damages to make recovery easier. An attorney may help review the circumstances of a crash and advise on the best legal path forward.
Source: The Press-Enterprise, "High speed Riverside hit-and-run crash leaves Long Beach motorcyclist dead," Richard K. DeAtley, June 12, 2018