A freak accident resulted in the decapitation of a motorcyclist in San Bernardino. According to the local police department, the accident occurred the morning of April 11, when a driver lost control of his Ford Taurus. The vehicle swerved into a mailbox and then knocked over a utility pole. The wires from the pole caught the 27-year-old motorcyclist as he was riding along the road.
The driver of the Taurus was not charged with a crime, but the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.
Determining negligence after an accident
Just because a motorist did not directly strike another vehicle or pedestrian does not mean he or she is not liable for an accident. In this case, it is reasonable to say that the driver’s actions caused the motorcyclist’s death, even if he or she did not hit the rider directly. Another example would be if a driver suddenly brakes without warning, causing another driver from behind to crash into the first vehicle or to swerve off the side of the road.
Ultimately, investigators and attorneys must uncover all the facts to be able to piece together who was responsible for a car or motorcycle accident. In some cases, this may be straightforward, while in others it may require the involvement of accident recreation experts who can analyze the likely events leading up to a crash.
For more information on how to proceed with an injury claim after an auto accident in San Diego, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.