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Not all motorcycle accidents are the fault of other drivers

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2019 | MVA/Car Accidents

A great deal of accidents involving these two-wheeled vehicles result from drivers in other vehicles not seeing them, not paying attention and more. Still more motorcycle accidents result from the actions of their riders. When these drivers have passengers who trust them, they should use the appropriate amount of caution, but that does not always happen. The people who entrusted their lives to them often suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.

According to the Denver Police Department, a passenger on a motorcycle apparently put her trust in the wrong person. Shortly after 11 p.m., the motorcycle slammed into a parked car. The impact was violent enough that the passenger on the vehicle suffered severe injuries to which she succumbed at the scene. The driver survived and was taken to a hospital in the area with unknown injuries.

From the evidence gathered thus far, Denver police placed the motorcycle driver under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and vehicular homicide. The investigation into this accident remained underway at last report. In the meantime, the family of the deceased passenger may have questions regarding how this happened and what will be done about it.

Even as the criminal case in this crash continues, the victim’s surviving family members could file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Any evidence presented in the criminal case, along with any conviction secured by prosecutors, could provide evidence of negligence to present to a civil court. Prevailing in a civil claim could result in an award of damages similar to those seen in other fatal motorcycle accidents.