Two people were killed after a deadly motorcycle crash in Watsonville on Saturday afternoon, August 7.
The fatal accident took place on Highway 152, east of Carlton Road in Watsonville, at approximately 3:55 p.m. A westbound 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling on Highway 152 when the motorcycle veered into the eastbound lanes as he was trying to ass a vehicle.
The 2002 Harley-Davidson then collided head-on with an oncoming 2020 Ford F-550. The motorcycle rider was identified as 43-year-old Timothy C. The motorcycle rider was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, his female passenger was taken to the Watsonville Community Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The Ford F-550 driver was uninjured in the collision. He remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. It’s unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident. Local authorities are further investigating the case.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle crashes are terrible tragedies that nearly always cause more harm to the rider than to the other party involved. Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to collisions and can sustain catastrophic and fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely to be injured and 35 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car passengers.
California has one of the largest registered motorcycles in the country. In California, there are over 800,000 registered motorcycles. This means that motorcycle accidents in California are more rampant.
In 2017, there were 16,505 motorcycle incidents on California roads, resulting in 15,527 injuries and 541 deaths. Common causes of motorcycle accidents are distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, bad weather, wrong-way driving, and failure to observe traffic laws.
Santa Cruz County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries to those involved. Unfortunately, not everyone can survive a motorcycle accident. The victim’s family is usually left to deal with grief and expensive medical bills, funeral costs, and lost wages. They do not, however, have to face this alone.
Following a fatal motorcycle accident, the victim’s family has the right to file a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced attorney. Through a wrongful death claim, they can receive compensation for the damages they have incurred from the accident. If your loved one was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident, you don’t have to face it alone. Our attorneys from Arash Law are here to help you.
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