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Motorcycle accident might lead to wrongful death lawsuit

| Jul 7, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Motorcycle riders are taking a risk whenever they take to the roads. Many motorists fail to notice or look out for bikers sharing the roadways with them. One of the reasons for accidents might be the fact that motorcycles are so much smaller than other motor vehicles. All too often, drivers misjudge the speed of oncoming motorcycles. 

A recent accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist is still under investigation. A preliminary accident report indicates that excessive speed likely played a role. Investigators closed the road for approximately four hours while gathering evidence. 

The accident

The police released a statement the day after the death of a 35-year-old motorcyclist. According to the report, the biker was headed eastbound at an alleged high speed. At approximately 10:15 p.m., a motorist was heading north on another street. When that vehicle reached the intersection with the road on which the biker travelled, the driver crossed the road and turned west. 

That driver might not have noticed the approaching motorcycle or failed to assess the speed at which the biker approached the intersection. Reportedly, the motorcycle’s front showed significant damage from the impact when it smashed into the vehicle. The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries and succumbed to them before he could be transported to a hospital. Authorities said this was the sixth fatal traffic accident in 2021. 

Potential legal options

Suppose the surviving family members of the victim of this fatal accident have evidence of negligence on the part of the vehicle driver. In that case, they might be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a Toronto civil court. If such a claim is successfully navigated, the court might award monetary compensation to cover financial and other damages.