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Motorcycle Accident Fatality on McHenry Avenue in North Modesto

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Modesto

Officials in north Modesto reported a fatal motorcycle crash at the intersection of McHenry Avenue and Rumble Road on the afternoon of Saturday, January 15, 2022. The incident took place around 1:00 p.m. and involved a Buick and a motorcycle.

Details on the Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Modesto

According to the Modesto Police Department (Modesto PD), a Buick was traveling southbound on McHenry Avenue. The Buick turned into the parking lot of Batteries and Bulbs just north of the intersection when it was reportedly struck by a motorcyclist. The impact of the collision allegedly propelled the Buick into a traffic sign, and the motorcycle rider was ejected off the bike.

The Buick driver was uninjured in the crash, according to officials. There were no other occupants inside the Buick at the time of the traffic collision. Sadly, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the motorcycle accident in Modesto. Officials have recently identified the decedent as 22-year-old Cody Tornquist of Salida.

How Wrongful Death Claims Help Surviving Family Members

The loss of a loved one is devastating and painful for any family to endure. Any sudden death because of an accident caused by another party or entity’s negligence may make it more challenging to come to terms with. When faced with such situations, families may take legal action against the party responsible for their loss through a wrongful death action. In fatal motorcycle accident cases, claims are generally brought against the negligent driver and their insurance company for resulting losses. In situations where the other party has little to no liability coverage, survivors may seek recourse through their loved one’s uninsured and underinsured motorist protection for help supplement or fully cover damages incurred.

Under California law, eligible survivors may seek the recovery of economic and non-economic damages. These may include funeral service costs, expenses for end-of-life care, reasonably expected loss of services and income, mental anguish, and loss of companionship. These serve the purpose of making a family whole again after the wrongful death of a close relative. It may also provide the sense of justice survivors need knowing that the other party has been held accountable for the harm their actions have caused. The ability to hold an at-fault party liable for the loss of a family member and the amount of compensation sought through a wrongful death claim will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case.

Keep in mind that a wrongful death case must be filed in civil court no later than two years from the date of the fatal incident as outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. The filing deadline may be shortened to as little as six months in a case involving a government entity. Because of these strict filing criteria and time limits, it is essential to reach out to an experienced accident attorney right away to discuss your rights and options for recovery as a surviving family member. Watch the video below on how to find the best lawyer to represent you and your family.

About Our Law Firm

At our law firm, we understand that wrongful death claims are about holding at-fault parties accountable for the unimaginable damage their actions have caused, and to recover the financial compensation survivors need to withstand losses incurred. We know that families need a team of support and dedicated legal representation who truly understand the harm they have endured. Our legal team will ensure that your case receives the attention, compassion, and respect it deserves to obtain the favorable outcome you all deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help your family through this difficult time.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Modesto

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto wrongful death lawyer. The loss of a family member may be a challenging ordeal, particularly when survivors are coping with grief all while dealing with final resting arrangements and planning for a future without their loved one by their side. While filing a wrongful death claim may be stressful and frustrating, an experienced attorney will make sure that all aspects of your case are handled accordingly so you and your family can focus on healing. When you are ready to discuss your case and learn about your rights as a surviving family member, we can meet with you and provide free, friendly case advice. Give us a call today to get started at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

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