Tremendous danger is presented by those negligent enough to leave their trash, debris, or other loose things on our freeways and this reckless act has once again claimed the life of an innocent motorcycle rider. Maria Patena of Eloy, Arizona reportedly died after the Harley Davidson motorcycle she was on as a passenger struck a tarp in the roadway from I-10 near Riggs Road in Chandler, Arizona. According to the reports, the tarp became entangled in the rear wheel of the motorcycle.
There was no information in the initial reports to explain where this tarp came from or how it ended up in the roadway. To the family that lost their loved one, perhaps it makes no difference. On the other hand, there have been many times that we have been retained as wrongful death Arizona lawyers to help people who want some measure of justice to come from such a tragedy. People who may also need financial help after somebody has been killed in an auto accident.
Perhaps, to people who have never been close to anyone who has lost their life in a motorcycle crash, the financial considerations don’t sound important. However, when a main income is lost there are often very serious consequences to the family left behind in addition to just losing the beloved family member.
Whether the tarp was left in the roadway negligently cannot be ascertained with certainty at this time. But an investigation must be done. Anything that can help determine how this occurred should be pursued. Every year, debris in the roadway causes unnecessary deaths to motorcyclists in Arizona. This is another such tragedy.
Anybody who has questions they need answered from an experienced personnel injury lawyer in regards to any motorcycle accident, we encourage them to feel free to give us a call. Not every motorcycle accident will require a lawsuit, and many people that have the right to bring a lawsuit after a wrongful death from a motorcycle accident may choose not to do so. However, a skilled personnel injury lawyer should be able and willing to answer the questions necessary so that a family that is dealing with tragedy can make the best decision for themselves. It is not just about whether or not a lawsuit should or could be brought, but whether it is actually to the benefit of those surviving after somebody was killed in a motorcycle crash in Arizona.