An accident just to the northwest of Odessa took the life of a motorcyclist on Thursday, May 21. A news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety states that a 55-year-old man from Hobbs, New Mexico, was riding his 2012 Harley Davidson northbound on Loop 338, approximately four miles outside of Odessa. At the same time, a 27-year-old Odessa motorist was driving a 2013 Chevrolet southbound on Loop 338.
Vehicle Allegedly Crosses Center Line
The preliminary investigation revealed that the Chevrolet allegedly crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle. Odessa Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, and first responders determined that the motorcyclist did not survive.
Authorities report that the motorist operating the Chevrolet was not wearing a seatbelt. According to the Odessa American, he required transport to Medical Center Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. However, as of Thursday evening, the man was no longer a patient, according to hospital officials. There was no immediate information available regarding potential charges following the fatal wreck.
Although the investigation into this accident is ongoing, crossing a center line into oncoming traffic may constitute evidence of negligence in some cases. When negligent conduct results in injury or loss of life, it is possible for a victim or survivor of a victim to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain-and-suffering.
When there is a wrongful death allegation, it is possible for a survivor to also seek compensation for burial expenses and loss of companionship. If you or someone you know is a victim of a vehicular accident, it is possible to discuss the details with an auto accident attorney. This consultation is free of charge. For additional information, please contact us.