Fatal Motorcycle Crash Reported on Marina Drive in Santa Barbara

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Marina Drive

The California Highway Patrol reported a fatal motorcycle crash involving a U.S. postal truck along Marina Drive in the Santa Barbara neighborhood of Hope Ranch on May 2, 2023. The collision occurred shortly after 4:50 p.m. on Marina Drive at Alisa Lane, according to officials.

Information on the Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Marina Drive

A preliminary report by CHP traffic officers indicated that a driver of a U.S. Postal Service truck was making a left-hand turn from Marina Drive and onto Alisa Lane. While doing so, the truck entered the path of a motorcycle rider resulting in an accident. The biker allegedly struck the right side of the truck.

Sadly, the biker was declared deceased at the crash site. The decedent has recently been identified by the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office as Michael Joseph Figone, 45, of Santa Barbara. Additional information on the fatal motorcycle crash on Marina Drive in Hope Ranch was unavailable.

What is Wrongful Death?

When a family member suffers fatal injuries in an incident caused by another individual or entity’s negligence, survivors may have the right to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. For many surviving family members coping with loss and grief, legal action may be the least of their concerns. However, holding the other side liable for damages in a wrongful death case may help provide survivors a sense of closure and justice. An attorney who practices wrongful death law in California can evaluate a case and determine if survivors have grounds for legal action. For more details on these cases, watch this video.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Case in California?

Per CCP 335.1, there is generally a deadline of two years for cases of wrongful death in California. While true in most cases, some exceptions may apply. For instance, if a government vehicle is involved in a fatal accident and is named a defendant in a civil case, a different statute of limitations applies. A notice of claim must be filed no later than 180 days after the date of the incident, according to the California Government Code Section 911.2. If you have lost a family member through someone else’s carelessness or negligence and are unsure how much time you have to file, contact our legal team right away.

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The devastation and pain caused by the unexpected loss of a family member is often unbearable for survivors. If the loss was due to someone else’s careless or negligent actions, recovering from the tragedy may be challenging and overwhelming. In addition to emotional suffering, a loved one’s wrongful death may lead to financial hardship. When dealing with such a situation, it is useful to know that assistance is available from an attorney who is experienced in California wrongful death law. A skilled lawyer can obtain justice and full compensation for you and your family.

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