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Motorcyclist dies in alleged DUI accident in California

One person lost his life in a recent accident in California. The accident, which involved a motorcyclist, is believed to have been a DUI crash. It took place on a Sunday night in mid-July.

The collision occurred at around 8:20 p.m. near an intersection. According to police, a motorcycle was going west and ended up striking an SUV. The SUV was attempting to make a left turn into the driveway of an apartment complex.

When the motorcycle crashed into the SUV's front passenger door, the rider was ejected. The 22-year-old male motorcyclist died at the accident scene, while the SUV's driver suffered no injuries. The 31-year-old male driver of the SUV was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI causing death or injury. Authorities continued to investigate the cause of the accident.

Typically, in left-turn accidents, the driver who tried to make the left turn is considered to be at fault in the accident. If the police's investigation of the recent fatal crash in California indicates that the SUV driver was at fault in the accident, the surviving loved ones of the motorcyclist may opt to file a wrongful death claim against him, seeking damages. If the driver of the SUV ends up being convicted on his charge related to DUI, proof of the conviction may be used to try to establish liability in a related civil court proceeding. Only if liability is established in such a way as to satisfy the civil court hearing the case will claims for damages be adjudicated.

Source:, "Motorcyclist Killed, Driver Arrested on DUI Charges in Orcutt Crash", Tom Bolton, July 17, 2016

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