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1.5 Million Dollar Settlement Paid in Motorcycle Accident

1.5 Million Dollar Settlement Paid in Motorcycle Accident

Posted By DLF || 28-Jul-2015

A 55 year old Oakdale scheduling clerk settled her wrongful death claim arising from a motorcycle accident that occurred in June. Her husband a minimally employed construction worker was riding his Harley-Davidson Road King to visit his brother a short distance from her home when fate changed her life forever. The couple had been married for only three years and had no children when the tragedy occurred. The motorcycle rider, though traveling straight when an SUV turned left in front of him, was blamed substantially for the accident by the police. While acknowledging that the SUV driver admitted not seeing the motorcycle they found that the rider was driving too fast for conditions, a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350. Two witnesses , a pedestrian and a motorist both stated that they saw the white SUV making a left turn and a motorcycle coming at a high rate of speed. The motorist added that the motorcycle appeared to speed up to avoid stopping for the turning SUV. The pedestrian said that he saw the white SUV wait for him to cross the street before he began his turn. He heard the loud exhaust of the motorcycle before hearing the impact that fatally injured the rider. While investigating the scene and conducting traffic control the CHP officer was approached by an off duty Modesto Police Sargent who advised that his residence was on the other side of the sound wall. He said the sound was as if it was accelerating hard between every up shift. From the sound the Modesto Police Sargent believed the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the sound of the impact. The investigating CHP officer also found the Harley-Davidson Road King lying on its right side after the impact and upon further investigation found that it had several performance modifications, exhaust, Cobra Fi2000 PowerPro tuner and a K & N air filter kit.