Insurance recovery after a fatal motorcycle accident in San Diego.

California – July 6, 2022

A 28-year-old man suffered fatal injury in a motorcycle accident on State Route 94 when his motorcycle crashed in Campo.  The motorcyclist had been traveling with a group of motorcyclists when he veered off the roadway and hit a curb.  The motorcycle continued to strike an embankment and the rider was ejected from his bike and he succumbed to blunt force trauma fatal injury at the scene despite his estimated speed of 35 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

When accidental death is the outcome of roadway negligence, a motorcycle accident attorney may be able to help families recover compensation to defray funeral and burial costs, as well as changes to a family’s financial stability.

Accidental death benefit.

Motorcyclist crashes often result in significant bodily harm and fatal injury, as riders are likely to hit the ground, be ejected into the air before landing, or absorb the impact of the accident in full force on their body with no protection from a metal framework.  Motorcycle insurance policies may have an accidental death benefit rider, whereby the victim’s loved ones may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical treatment and funeral expenses.  A San Diego accident attorney can review the policy to check the personal injury protection coverage (PIP) that includes death benefits which may address funeral expenses, medical bills, and beneficiary amounts.

Fault state. 

Because California is a “fault” state regarding accidents, if a negligent party can be named after a motorcycle accident, such as a government entity who did not maintain the roadways, or another vehicle caused roadway debris to impact the rider, recoverable damage compensation may be available.  This means that a victim can bring a claim against the responsible party before they file a claim against their own “no-fault” insurance.  There two-year time period to file a lawsuit after an accident so it is best to consult with legal counsel.

Hire an attorney.

A California accident attorney can be instrumental in damage recovery to cover unexpected expenses related to premature death, and to ensure future financial stability for dependents of the person who died.  They can work with insurance companies to expediently pay costs related to funeral and burial expenses, and address losses sustained to property, medical bills, lost wages, or future expenses incurred by the estate of the person who died.  The Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates can assist surviving loved ones with insurance claims after a fatal injury caused by a motorcycle accident.


Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation

501 West Broadway, Suite 1650

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-233-8021

Fax: 619-233-3730


  1. Motorcyclist killed in weekend crash identified – NewsBreak
  2. https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/13507-motorcycle_safety_plan_050919_v8-tag.pdf
  3. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23103.
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