In collisions between motor vehicles and motorcycles, it is not uncommon for motorcycle riders to lose their lives or suffer catastrophic injuries. While most drivers of vehicles are protected by state-of-the-art safety features, which have been designed and tested to prevent occupants from suffering injuries, motorcyclists typically have very little protection. A highway in Oklahoma was recently the scene of a fatal car crash that left three motorcyclists dead.
Authorities reported that a driver in a large sedan was traveling northbound, and, at the same time, three motorcyclists were traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 177. The car reportedly went off the road, and the driver apparently over-corrected. The sedan crossed the center line, smashing into one of the approaching motorcycles. The second rider struck the first motorcycle, and, in an attempt to steer clear of the wreck, the third motorcyclist lost control and went off the roadway.
The impact caused the first and second motorcyclists to be thrown off their bikes, approximately 70 feet and 20 feet respectively. Authorities reported that none of the motorcycle riders survived the accident. They said that details about the driver and passenger in the sedan could not be released because of their ages. It is not known whether any charges will follow.
When lives are lost in a fatal car crash or any other accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, the surviving family members may pursue compensation by filing wrongful death claims in an Oklahoma civil court. In cases in which the negligent party is a minor, claims may be filed against that minor's parents or guardians. With sufficient evidence of negligence, along with documented details of losses sustained, successful claims may lead to compensation being awarded for end-of-life expenses and other losses brought about by the accident.
Source: kfor.com, "Officials: Three people dead after car collides with motorcycle", March 16, 2015