A motorcycle crash involving a hit-and-run driver that occurred in Newark resulted in the death of 40-year-old Micheal D. Thomas.
The accident occurred on early Sunday morning, September 13, at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Highway 84 near Thornton Avenue.
Along with his passenger, the motorcycle rider was heading east on Highway 84 when they were suddenly struck from behind by a BMW sedan.
The BMW sedan did not stop to help the victim and fled the scene. The motorcyclist was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. The BMW was located near the area, and the male driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident Investigation Needed
Local authorities are currently investigating the case. They suspect that alcohol may have played a role in the fatal crash. It is apparent in this case that the liability falls on the hit-and-run driver for leaving the victims wounded and fleeing the scene.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 737,100 hit-and-run accidents occurred in the U.S. in 2015, with one occurring every 43 seconds. Two thousand forty-nine fatalities were recorded due to hit-and-run crashes from 2016, which is the highest recorded number today. Common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee the scene are intoxication, driving without a license, and fear of getting arrested if they remained.
Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to the dangers on the road than a passenger of a private car. Motorcycle riders are also at risk of sustaining fatal injuries that could lead to paralysis and death. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, motorcycle riders are 16 times more at risk of injury and 35 times more at risk of facing fatal crashes in comparison to a passenger of a private vehicle. All riders are required by law (in most states) to wear a helmet and are encouraged to dress appropriately when riding their motorcycles. It is proven that helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths.
When facing fatal motorcycle accident cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Alameda wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal motorcycle accidents to conduct an independent probe. Attorneys have the resources to hire expert witnesses, conduct driver background checks, and review applicable insurance coverage for their client. All possible contributing factors, such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting, must be considered and thoroughly examined during the independent investigation.
Wrongful Death Claim for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accidents in Alameda County
It can be quite devastating to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal hit-and-run accident. Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the fatal accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence. Attorneys can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to ensure they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.