Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
There is a saying, “if you haven’t been injured on your bike, you will.”
Sometimes these injuries result in death. This is known as a “wrongful death” claim.
Sometimes the passenger dies and the driver is hardly hurt. This often happens when the passenger is “thrown” off the bike and hits an object, e.g., a tree.
A surviving spouse needs to receive all the money his/her spouse would have earned over his/her work life if he/she had not died.
The children must be compensated for losing a parent.
No amount of money is enough when we die on our bikes. But a skilled motorcycle attorney can make sure the family is financially secure. There will be enough money to take care of the family.
This is a partial list of what a spouse should recover:
- Medical expenses before death
- Funeral expenses
- Payment for the value of bike and gear
- Loss of income to the family
- Compensation for the destruction of the husband-wife relationship
- The pain and suffering experienced before the spouse dies
The children, including adult children, are entitled to recover damages for the destruction of the parent-child relationship.
Domestic Partner Consortium
There is also a claim for a “domestic partner consortium.” This arises when the couple is not married but the couple has registered with the state as domestic partners.
It is important to seek the advice of an attorney when someone dies from a motorcycle accident.
This is not legal advice. This is information only.