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 an injured individual 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 injured in 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.