Ten out of 12 riders from the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang were injured in a horrific, multi-vehicle accident in Wisconsin on May 31. One victim of the car and motorcycle crash died at the scene, and now, a second member has died after a weeklong struggle. Two of the other members are still in intensive care. The current condition of the other six riders is not known. The two deceased men were 59 years old and 43 years old. Both were members of the West Michigan motorcycle club.
The fatal car and motorcycle crash occurred when a car swerved into oncoming traffic and careened into the motorcycle group. The 25-year-old driver of the car has been charged with reckless homicide, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. Officials have not confirmed what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle, but a news report states he was tested for alcohol and drugs.
Further complicating this tragedy, navigating a personal injury lawsuit in a motorcycle crash can be challenging. However, when there are criminal charges pending against the responsible party in a fatal motorcycle crash, injured parties would do well to understand their rights and responsibilities under Wisconsin law. The outcome of the criminal charges may affect the outcome of any civil personal injury case filed.
If convicted, the driver of the car will not only be subject to punishment by the State of Wisconsin for his actions in this car and motorcycle crash. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings, he may face liability in civil court.
Source: Muskegon News, "Second local rider dies after Wisconsin crash," Phil Dawson, June 7, 2012