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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Occurs Near Blue Oak Recreation Area

Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing His Bike on Bonds Flat Road

A fatal motorcycle crash happened in La Grange on March 13 when the rider’s bike struck a guardrail. The collision happened around 5:00 in the afternoon, along eastbound Bonds Flat Road close to the Blue Oak Recreation Area. The motorcycle rider, recently identified by officials as 40-year-old Martin Flores of Modesto, apparently lost control of his bike, which went off onto the shoulder and hit the guardrail. 

Accident Under Investigation by Authorities

The motorcyclist was found by a warden with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, who performed life-saving measures on the fallen rider. However, the motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash. The rider was wearing a motorcycle helmet when the collision occurred. The rider’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of the family by the county coroner’s office.

Causes of a Solo Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Oftentimes, the cause of a solo fatal motorcycle crash appears to be obvious. However, this is not always the case. Some of the other possible reasons for the accident are:

  • Motorcycle parts defect: If there are defects due to negligent manufacture or design, it is possible that a product liability claim may be filed against the motorcycle or parts maker. 
  • Another vehicle was involved: If another vehicle caused the motorcyclist to go off the road and left the scene of the accident, our firm will do everything possible to find the hit-and-run driver. 
  • Road defects: Motorcycles are more apt to experience an accident due to their two-wheeled design when road defects are present. These include potholes, worn pavement, debris on the road that should have been removed, and weakened guardrails. In these instances, a claim can be placed against the government agencies in charge. 

Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Motorcycle Crash

When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it throws family members into a web of grief, anger, and disbelief. Not only do they want their loved one back, but they are also angry that negligence might have caused their loss. While nothing will bring back the love and support the deceased provided, it is possible to bring justice and a sense of closure by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The following is a list of surviving family members who can file a wrongful death claim:

  • The spouse or putative spouse, which is someone who believed they were legally married
  • The children of the deceased
  • Adopted children and offspring of the spouse if they were supported by the decedent at least by 50 percent
  • Children of a deceased child of the decedent
  • Parents of the decedent if they were supported by the deceased or if there was no immediate family in the line of succession 
  • Siblings of the deceased if the person who died had no family

For more information, watch the video below.

What Is Claimed in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The following can be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Current and future wages
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of emotional support
  • Loss of guidance for the children
  • Loss of household care such as duties the deceased normally performed

Modesto Personal Injury Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Modesto personal injury lawyer. You can call me for my free, friendly advice about placing a compensation claim and having your questions answered at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. I can also be reached online if you prefer.

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