Victorville - Michael P. Johnson, 47, from Apple Valley, tragically died in a minivan vs motorcycle crash in Victorville on Monday, May 7, 2012.
He was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson westbound at the speed limit on D Street when Casey Hunter, 32 years old, of Adelanto, CA, turned left in front of him. Hunter was turning from Second Street.
The accident happened at 5 a.m. According to police, witness reports indicated that Hunter was stopped for cross-traffic at 2nd Street, and turned left onto D Street in the path Johnson.
The police will likely find that Hunter was negligent in the operation of his minivan, and is liable for the wrongful death of Michael Johnson.
Michael Johnson’s heirs have the right to damages for the death of Michael. California law provides that the damages that the family of Michael Johnson can recover in a wrongful death claim are for economic losses and non-economic losses. Economic loss are for such things as the past and future loss of financial support provided Johnson. For example, if Johnson had a job and supported his family, his surviving family members would be entitled to his annual income multiplied by the the number of years of his life expectancy. In this case, his life expectancy could easily have been 40 more years. The family is also entitled to funeral and burial expenses,
Non-economic losses are recoverable for the loss of a loved one’s companionship, comfort, care, affection, love, moral support, guidance, mentoring and society. The value of this loss depends on the relationship between Johnson and surviving family members.
The pain, sadness and regret of losing a loved one in a California wrongful death accident is extreme. Insurance companies are reluctant to pay money for valid wrongful death claims. An attorney who specializes in wrongful death can assist and recover damages from the insurance company for the negligent driver.