Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. In fact, a report from the NTHSA says that a motorcyclist in a crash is 28 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants. Despite this, motorcyclists still get out on the road to enjoy riding their beloved bikes.
Another danger for motorcyclists is impaired drivers. The low profile of a motorcycle is a problem even for sober drivers, but once impaired, a motor vehicle driver is even less able to see a motorcyclist, and the results can be deadly.
Motorcyclist Killed by Driver Charged With a DUI
Police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of DUI and second-degree manslaughter after a motorcyclist died in the hospital a day after an accident in Lexington. Police allege that the driver of a vehicle turned left in the path of a motorcycle causing a collision Monday, June 8, 2020.
The accident happened at the intersection of Richmond Road and Preston Avenue, and the motorcyclist was taken to the UK Medical Center where, unfortunately, he died Tuesday morning. The man leaves behind a wife and eight children.
Motorcycle Wrongful Death Claims
Many people feel that since motorcycles are so dangerous to ride, those who ride them should accept some of the risks for getting out on the road with all the cars and trucks. At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we strongly disagree with that idea. Motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as do drivers of any vehicle.
The truth is, the law says that motor vehicle drivers have a duty to look out for motorcycles and others on the road and to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. So when a motorcycle rider takes to the highways, he or she is entitled to ride the same level of consideration as any other driver.
Damages in a Motorcycle Wrongful Death
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we’ve represented many families of motorcyclists killed doing what they love: riding their bikes. We’ve seen the damage that impaired drivers can do to a family when their impairment makes it more difficult to see an oncoming motorcycle.
We know how difficult it can be on a family, and we know what the law allows the surviving family members to claim as damages. When a motorcyclist is killed by an impaired driver, the law looks at the loss incurred by all family members and how the death of the victim has impacted each member.
Some of the more common types of damages surviving family members can claim are:
- Medical Bills Prior to Death
- Pain and Anguish of Losing a Loved One
- Loss of Financial Support both Past and Future
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Guidance and Training
- Funeral and Burial Costs
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Lexington Wrongful Death Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.