An unidentified motorcycle rider was killed after a suspected DUI crash at the City Drive on Tuesday night, September 21.
The deadly collision transpired at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the area of the City Drive and the 5 Freeway off-ramp. The motorcycle rider allegedly ran a red light and rear-ended an SUV.
The SUV driver remained at the scene and cooperated with local authorities. He was identified as 50-year-old Eric G. The motorcycle rider was fatally injured in the crash.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been disclosed. Authorities later determined that the SUV driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.
He was arrested on vehicular manslaughter and DUI-related charges. Local authorities are further investigating the case.
Fatal DUI Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Motorcycle riders are undoubtedly among the most vulnerable road users. According to NHTSA statistics, motorcyclists have a 16 times higher risk of injury and 35 times higher risk of a fatal crash than passengers of enclosed vehicles. In 2018 alone, approximately 4,985 motorcyclists were killed, while around 82,000 people were injured due to motorcycle crashes in the U.S.
Motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by distracted driving, speeding, intoxicated driving, reckless driving, inclement weather, wrong-way driving, and failure to obey traffic laws. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people in the U.S. die every day due to drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving accounts for about 29 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the U.S.
Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal DUI Motorcycle Accidents
While nothing can undo the damage caused by a motorcycle accident, injured parties and the families of the deceased can seek financial compensation through the civil courts. Speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. The victim’s family should pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney to receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
The liable party will be required by law to provide financial compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain, and the decedent’s suffering through the wrongful death claim. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and use their skills and expertise to ensure that you are appropriately compensated for the damages the accident has cost you.
Our DUI accident lawyers in Arash Law piece together a solid and effective legal claim. In drunk driving accident cases, relevant evidence can take many different forms. Please get in touch with our offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego for any questions or concerns. You can also call us at (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.