A 31-year-old woman identified as Nicole Grantham was killed after a deadly motorcycle crash in Buellton on Saturday, December 19.
According to the local authorities’ initial reports, the accident transpired around noontime on Highway 101, just south of Jonata Park Road. Grantham was heading northbound in her Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Volkswagen suddenly pulled into the center median from Jonata Park Road.
The Volkswagen drove directly into the motorcyclist’s path, causing the Grantham to crash into the back of the Volkswagen. Grantham sustained severe injuries as a result of the crash. She was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Drugs and alcohol were not seen as factors in the crash.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the fatal crash. Witnesses that can give additional information about the accident are urged to call the Buellton CHP office at (805) 688-5551.
Motorcycle accidents can often lead to catastrophic and even devastating results. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, approximately 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in the U.S. in 2016 alone.
Some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents are distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, bad weather, wrong-way driving, and failure to observe traffic laws.
Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to the road’s dangers than passengers of private cars as seatbelts or airbags do not protect them. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear a helmet every time they ride their motorcycle to avoid life-threatening injuries and possibly death. Wearing helmets were estimated to be 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths.
Santa Barbara County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
While the investigation is on-going, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim. Through the wrongful death claim, families can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship, pain, suffering, and emotional distress) that the tragic incident has caused them.
The stress and sorrow following a loved one’s death due to a motorcycle accident can be too overwhelming. Professional wrongful death attorneys can stay updated on the official investigation on behalf of the family while ensuring that their client’s legal rights and best interests are protected.
Arash Law can assist you if you have been a victim of motor accidents in California. Our motor accident team can investigate your crash, identify the potential defendant(s), and file your claim with the civil court system as quickly as possible. Get in touch with us through our website or call our number (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free case evaluation.