A 49-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident near Arvin, according to authorities. The July 8 incident reportedly occurred on eastbound Highway 223 near Towerline Road and involved a tractor-trailer.

The 49-year-old man was riding a motorcycle on the highway when the semi-truck pulled out of a gravel plant and into his path, authorities said. The motorcyclist died as a result of the collision.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist had the right of way in this case. However, police indicated that the accident remains under investigation.

It was not clear immediately following the accident if impairment was a factor in the crash. Nor was it immediately clear whether police issued any citations or filed any charges in connection with the fatal event.

When fatal motorcycle accidents like this one can be demonstrably attributed to another party’s actionable behavior, the deceased victim’s family may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. In order to prevail in such a lawsuit, the bereaved family and their wrongful death attorney must prove to a civil court that the defendant should be held responsible for the accident and its consequent damages. Toward this end, they may proffer material adopted from the police investigation as well as evidence gathered through independent investigations.

If successful, claimants in a wrongful death lawsuit may receive compensation for the expenses related to the decedent’s burial, funeral service and estate administration. Moreover, claimants might be awarded restitution for lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents or the family household while alive. Because of the potentially large sums of money involved in wrongful death suits, it is crucial for bereaved families to retain the counsel and representation of a wrongful death attorney when filing a claim.

Source: Bakersfield Now, “Motorcycle rider killed in crash near Arvin“, July 08, 2014