Bill Beckwith of HGTV Dies in Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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Sadly, no one is immune from automobile accidents, even celebrities, who often have unlimited safety measures at their disposal. Bill Beckwith, a carpenter and co-host of the hit HGTV home improvement show, “Curb Appeal,” is the most recent celebrity to die from injuries suffered in a serious motorcycle accident in San Francisco. According to a news report, the 38-year-old carpenter was fatally injured after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle at a busy city intersection.

The most recent study shows that over 4,600 motorcyclists died in auto accidents in 2011 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Some of these deaths are a result of another driver’s negligence and some are potentially related to hazardous road conditions, which could be the city’s fault. However, half of the motorcycle fatalities in single vehicle crashes relate to problems negotiating a curve prior to a crash and almost 60% of motorcyclist fatalities in single-vehicle crashes occur at night. This indicates that motorcyclists need to take extra precaution when driving at night and on windy roads, such as the infamous ones (Mulholland, Topanga) that snake through the Santa Monica mountains.

In the accident involving Bill Beckwith, it appears that traffic lights monitored the intersection where the fatal crash occurred. This leads an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to ask several key questions, including:
  • How did the collision occur?
  • Did the driver or the motorcyclist run a red light?
  • Who had the right-of-way?
  • Did speed or reckless driving play a part in the crash?
  • Did alcohol, drugs or distracted driving contribute to the accident?
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault for causing the accident and Mr. Beckwith’s subsequent death, he or she can be held criminally and civilly liable, including for Mr. Beckwith’s wrongful death. In most cases, a wrongful death claim can be filed by the family of the deceased individual. Your personal injury lawyer will be able to help you determine if you are able to bring such a claim on behalf of a loved ones.
Motorcycle accidents are all too common in Los Angeles and lead to serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one was injured while riding on a motorcycle because of a negligent or reckless driver, you may have legal recourse and be able to recover financially for t
he damages you / your loved one suffered.
For more information on how to proceed with a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Los Angeles, call the aggressive accident lawyers at BIKLAW today.
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