When you're on your motorcycle, you expect people to be aware of your presence. You shouldn't have to worry about a drunk driver striking you or a family member, causing fatal wounds. Sometimes, other people don't think about your safety, though, and in those cases, you can usually seek compensation for the damage that has been done. Money won't bring back your loved one, but it can help stabilize the situation and prevent you from going into debt. If you've been in this situation, then you probably already understand what the family of this motorcyclist, who was killed after a man who had allegedly been drinking heavily struck him, is going through.
According to the story, a 27-year-old man was driving following a night of drinking and taking drugs; he's accused of having three Jello shots, over three beers and a marijuana cigarette before he caused the accident. He had been trying to make a U-turn, he claimed, when he collided with the motorcyclist. Another motorcycle carrying the deceased motorcyclist's brother and father passed the 27-year-old's vehicle just a few seconds before the man decided to make the illegal U-turn.
At first, the 27-year-old stated that he did not know he had hit the motorcyclist. He also allegedly told police he hadn't been drinking before the accident but eventually, he told them that he had been drinking and taking drugs prior to the crash.
Following the incident, the injured motorcyclist was found at the scene of the motorcycle accident with a broken jaw, transected neck and had serious blood loss. He passed away around an hour after the accident due to his injuries.
The driver has now been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Drinking, drugs preceded fatal motorcycle crash," Kimberly Houghton, Sep. 10, 2015