California highways can be dangerous for motorcyclists, including the many soldiers, sailors and Marines who ride regularly in the state. At least three members of the military lost their lives in motorcycle collisions in Southern California in the last two months.
Servicemen and -women are mourning the loss of one of their own who became a hero for his role in saving the life of another accident victim. A Jamaican-born U.S. Marine died of his injuries after a motorcycle accident in the San Diego area in November. The accident occurred less than two months after the man risked his own life to save a woman from a burning car.
In September, the sergeant was on his way to work in San Diego when he jumped off his motorcycle to render aid at the scene of an earlier accident. He broke the car's window to pull the driver out after she suffered a concussion and other injuries. "We're here to serve the people," the Marine said at the time. "Not just during war time, but all the time."
A week later, the man stopped his bike at a motorcycle accident and began resuscitation efforts on the victim while emergency services were en route. Sadly, no one was able to intervene on his behalf when he got into a collision in November.
Family and friends shared memories of the Marine and his many benevolent and brave feats at his funeral service in Bridgeport. He was buried with full military honors.
The victims of motorcycle accidents involving distracted or reckless drivers, as well as the survivors of those who died in motorcycle crashes, may have a case for financial damages that can help sustain people through difficult times after a tragedy. A California personal injury attorney can help people affected by crashes by reviewing the evidence to determine if pursuing a settlement or civil court verdict is the right choice.