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Motorcycle Fatality Occurs Near Sacramento Airport

Accident on Elverta Road Kills One Motorcyclist and Injures Another

A motorcycle fatality occurred near Sacramento International Airport on November 25 after the rider was struck by a Hyundai Sonata. The accident happened on westbound Elverta Road and Garden Highway at about 3:18 in the afternoon. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that a Woodland man, age 41, had been reported as almost hitting another person’s vehicle when he crossed over the double yellow line and struck two motorcycles. 

Further Details of the Motorcycle Fatality Crash

According to the CHP report, the Sonata had been moving west when the vehicle crossed over to the other side of the road and first struck a Yamaha Sportster. The car then struck a man’s Harley Davidson in a head-on collision. The man on the Harley, 68-year-old David Curtis Free of Roseville, died immediately. A 64-year-old woman from Sacramento was riding the Yamaha and suffered injuries. She was transported by emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department to a local hospital. The injured woman’s condition has not yet been released.

Motorcycles Retained as Evidence

Both of the motorcycles were removed from the scene and retained as evidence in the collision. The use of alcohol or drugs has not yet been ruled out as a factor in the motorcycle fatality crash. Whether there were injuries to the driver of the Hyundai was not reported.

Filing for Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is a heartbreaking experience and leaves family members not only grieving, but confused and wondering if there was anything they could have done to have prevented it. In addition, if the loved one contributed to the household income, they wonder how they will handle the financial strain and if they will receive justice. Over the years, my law firm has successfully handled many motorcycle injury and wrongful death claims

Wrongful Death Claims

Family members of the loved one who suffered a motorcycle fatality caused by negligence can recover the following:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Income that the decedent would have earned had they lived
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of training and guidance as a parent
  • Loss of moral support, affection and guidance
  • Loss of household services

Losing a Loved One

No one expects their loved one to go out and never come home again because of a negligent driver. However, these tragedies happen every day. Friends and other loved ones sometimes don’t know how to react when someone loses a family member. Following are a few suggestions that might help:

  • Sympathy cards and phone calls are welcome following a family death. If possible, visit in person for a short period of time if it is allowed.
  • When visiting, be a good listener. A grieving person sometimes needs to talk about the loss of their loved one. It is part of the grief process.
  • Offer to run errands or perform household chores that need to be done. 
  • Send food you’ve prepared at home or ordered. People who are grieving often neglect to eat, even though this is a time when they need their strength.
  • Accompany the grieving person to make the arrangements for the funeral and burial. This is a trying time and having emotional support is important.
  • Keep in touch afterward. People who are grieving continue to need emotional support and help after their loved one’s death. 

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Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. When a loved one has been lost because of negligence by another person or entity, the family may wish to place a claim for compensation. I can be reached for my free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area or at (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can contact me online.

Since 1982, my law firm has helped many Sacramentans with their injury and wrongful death claims. We handle all types of traffic accidents, cases involving wrongful death, government claims, and others. 

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