A motorcyclist died after that person’s bike struck a fuel truck on Clinton Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on July 25. The impact was strong enough to shatter the motorcycle into several hundred pieces according to a sergeant with local police. The roadway was shut down from Fine to Chestnut avenues after the crash.

According to police, the motorcycle rider was traveling west on Clinton Avenue when the semi-truck, which was eastbound on that street, made a left turn onto North Fine Avenue. In doing so, the semitrailer entered the bike’s path, and the motorcyclist crashed into its front end. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not believe alcohol or drugs had played a role in the accident. However, a blood test was administered to the truck driver in accordance with standard procedure after a fatal accident. Local police’s Collision Reconstruction Unit was dispatched to the accident site to investigate.

When fault for a fatal accident is unclear in its immediate aftermath, a victim’s family might choose to wait until police’s investigation of the crash concludes before considering legal action. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, family members of a fatal accident victim might recover damages for the economic harm caused to them by their loved one’s death. Examples of such harms include expenses for a funeral and burial, medical bills incurred by a victim prior to passing away and the loss of financial support from a decedent. Damages awarded in a wrongful death suit can also be tied to noneconomic harms like the loss of the decedent’s companionship.

Source: The Fresno Bee, “Motorcyclist dies in crash with big rig outside Fresno airport”, Jim Guy, July 25, 2014