Man Dies in Antioch Motorcycle Accident
I’m Ed Smith, an Antioch motorcycle accident lawyer. A Brentwood man is dead after a motorcycle accident at the start of the Antioch Bridge.
On 26 August, a Brentwood man was ejected from his motorcycle after an initial accident on State Route 160 in Antioch. A passing vehicle then struck the rider as he lay on the roadway.
The combined injuries from both accidents proved to be fatal. First responders pronounced the man dead at the scene of the accident. Crews then began a search for an alleged passenger. This passenger could not be located.
All vehicles involved in the crash remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with authorities. Other motorcycles allegedly traveling with the decedent did not remain at the scene and authorities are still attempting to locate these people.
About the Victim
Authorities identified the deceased victim as a 54-year-old Mark McGoveran from Brentwood.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. McGoveran, who tragically passed away in this motorcycle accident.
About the Passenger
People who saw the motorcycle before the accident reported a passenger on the bike. As a result, emergency crews initially searched for a passenger upon their arrival. First responders later reported that only the victim was on the motorcycle at the time of the accident.
Those that saw a passenger confused the crashed motorcycle with one of the several motorcycles with whom the victim was riding.
Rights of Motorcyclists and Their Passengers
With or without a passenger, determining liability in motorcycle accidents can be difficult. Motorcycle accidents are complicated in court. This makes it essential that victims and their families contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to serve as their advocate.
Cause of the Accident
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is in the process of investigating the motorcycle accident. However, witness reports describe the likely cause. According to these reports, the motorcyclist drove onto the gore point at the last onramp for State Route 160. The gore point is the small triangular area next to the actual roadway.
The motorcyclist then struck the curb in this area, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle. Authorities do not know why the motorcyclist traveled this path. At this time, they do not know if drugs or alcohol played a role.
Motorcycle Accidents on State Route 160
The road where the accident occurred may also be a factor. Accidents on State Route 160 are extremely common. In fact, another motorcyclist was severely injured on 27 August on State Route 160 shortly before the Antioch Bridge on the Sacramento County side.
If a defect in the road caused either accident, the victims and/or their families can sue the government. Claims against the government, though, must be filed within 180 days of the accident.
Antioch Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I am Ed Smith and I am an Antioch motorcycle accident lawyer. Please call me if you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident. I can be reached at (925) 428-5440 or toll free at (800) 404-5400. I offer compassionate, free and friendly advice. Just ask for Ed Smith.
If you are struggling to understand what to do after a motorcycle accident, I encourage you to contact my experienced injury lawyers and me. You can also reference my California Motorcycle Accidents Handbook.
Through tireless work representing people just like you, I am also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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