Motorcycle Crash Fatality Near Hughson
A fatality was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) following a recent motorcycle crash near the Hughson area. The traffic collision occurred on Santa Fe Avenue just north of Leedom Road near Lakewood Memorial Park.
Information by CHP on the Motorcycle Crash Fatality Near Hughson Area
CHP traffic officers indicated in a news release that the incident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. and involved a 2015 Infiniti and a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Officials said that a man was riding the Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound along Santa Fe Avenue when he was involved in a crash with the Infiniti.
The impact of the wreck allegedly propelled the motorcyclist off his bike. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the motorcycle accident. Officials have recently identified the decedent as Harley Mason-Kocher, 30, of Modesto. The occupants of the Infiniti, a 27-year-old Modesto woman, and a five-year-old juvenile, were uninjured in the incident. An investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident is ongoing by CHP, and additional information on the incident has not yet been released.
How Can a Wrongful Death Claim Help My Family?
When an individual has lost their life in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver or entity, the family of the decedent may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. This type of case is intended to compensate surviving family members for the loss of a loved one and the damages that have accompanied that tragedy. In a fatal motorcycle accident case, a claim may be filed against the insurance company representing the other driver that is responsible for the traffic collision. To prevail in a claim for financial compensation, survivors must establish various elements specific to the preponderance of the evidence as outlined by California law.
Every case is different, and therefore the types of economic and non-economic damages that may be recovered vary. However, some common types of compensatory damages sought in such cases may include medical expenses for treatment of the final injury the decedent suffered, costs of funeral and burial services, loss of financial support the deceased provided, lost inheritance, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and more. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as a way of punishing the at-fault party and deterring similar conduct from occurring in the future. Such damages are reserved in wrongful death cases where the other party’s conduct was particularly egregious.
There are also procedural rules in place in regard to who can file a wrongful death claim. Under the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, the spouse, domestic partner, and children have priority to bringing such a case forward, followed by other relatives who were financially dependent on the decedent. Given the strict filing criteria and deadlines involved in these cases, it is essential to retain legal counsel to determine what is required in your claim. For information on how to find the best accident attorney to handle your wrongful death case, watch this video.
How Our Legal Team Can Help Your Family
At our law firm, we have fought on behalf of injured parties and families of decedents since 1982. We have decades of combined legal experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases that are supported by a track record of success. To learn how we can help, we would like to invite you to contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation. We would like to start with learning about your family and how much your loved one meant to you all, listening to your story, and helping you all understand your potential options for recovery moving forward. We provide all our services under a contingency fee arrangement meaning there are no legal fees due unless we obtain fair compensation on your behalf.
Personal Injury Attorney in Modesto
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury attorney. Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one may be particularly challenging when the incident was the preventable result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness. At our law firm, we understand that the loss of a close relative may be a heartbreaking experience. We have represented many families who have undergone such losses due to the negligence of others. Our legal team understands your desire to seek justice and fair financial compensation for the loss of your loved one. That is why we are committed to protecting the rights and interests of surviving family members we represent in wrongful death cases. If you believe your family member lost their life in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver or entity, contact us today to discuss your case and receive free, friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.
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