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Reportedly Intoxicated Driver Fails To Yield To Motorcycle Rider

A California woman was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated concerning an incident back in December that took the life of a motorcycle rider. A 58-year-old motorcycle rider was reportedly riding his motorcycle across an intersection at the time of the accident. The female driver in a 2007 Matrix then apparently turned left into the intersection directly in front of the motorcycle and the motorcycle collided with the vehicle.

According to California Highway Patrol officials, the motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital after suffering major injuries during the crash. The driver was also allegedly intoxicated at the time that the accident occurred.

Without question, we hear too many stories of drivers behaving in a certain manner that places motorcycle riders at risk when on the road. Unfortunately, drivers do sometimes operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and this leads to clouded perception. Also, we hear about many motorcycle accidents occurring where for some reason the driver of a vehicle failed to yield the right of way.

Drivers often fail to acknowledge that motorcycle riders have the same rights on the road as every other motor vehicle operator. Sadly, the consequences of a typical motorcycle accident are generally severe.

Experienced personal injury attorneys are accustomed to assisting individuals that are badly in need of assistance. Victims of such accidents also are often caretakers or providers for others. Attorneys can assist individuals in being reimbursed for medical expenses, wage losses, pain and suffering and other expenses. In cases like the one mentioned above, personal injury attorneys can also assist family members of victims to make certain that their loss is not further complicated by financial problems as well.

KHTS, “Fatal DUI Crash Suspect From Stevenson Ranch Due Back In Court,” Perry Smith, Oct. 7, 2013