Motorcyclists face an increased level of danger on the roadway due in part to the lack of protection motorcycles offer. As a result, when motorcyclists are involved in car accidents, they can easily be seriously injured or worse, particularly in hit-and-run accidents when the motorcyclists are left without immediate care. A recent car accident in Indiana has left a motorcyclist dead and the police searching for the vehicle they believe left the scene.
When police initially responded to the accident call, there was the impression that the motorcyclist simply lost control. Surveillance video has since been found and has cast the accident in an entirely different light. It is now believed that an SUV cut into the path of the motorcyclist and caused him to wreck the bike. That SUV then left the scene.
The 25-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash. The police are actively searching for the SUV that left him there. It is believed to be a white SUV, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC Tahoe, Yukon or Suburban. It is believed to have damage to the driver’s side rear taillight.
When the driver of the SUV is found, there is the possibility that criminal charges can be filed related to causing the car accident and leaving the scene. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed and the outcome of the criminal court case, the man’s family members may still be able to pursue their own legal actions in an Indiana civil court. In car accidents in which one driver’s negligence caused the death of another, surviving family members have the right to pursue wrongful death compensation.
Source: indystar.com, ” Motorcyclist’s death ruled a hit-and-run“, Michael Anthony Adams, May 12, 2015