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Deceased motorcyclist's family and their lawyers win their case after their family member died in a motorcycle accident, striking a left-turning vehicle in Los Olivos, California

Accident Type: 
Motorcycle Accident
Incident Date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Result Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monetary Result: 
  On March 18, 2008, Lawrence Lovejoy, 74, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 154 in Los Olivos, California when a car operated by Harriet Ann Visscher turned left in front of him as it was entering the road. Lovejoy crashed into the side of the car. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, while Visscher died of a heart attack six hours later. Lovejoy's surviving family sued Visscher's estate for motor vehicle negligence. The family and their lawyers argued that Visscher's negligent driving was the sole cause cause of the accidetnt. At the time of his death, Lovejoy, a former California Highway Patrol officer, was a part-time employee with an auto parts company, earning 9$ per hour. His family claimed that Lovejoy could have been expected to live for another 10 years, during which time he would have continued working and also collecting his retirement funds from his career as an officer. They therefore sought lost wages due to his death. In the end, the jury sided with Lovejoy's family, awarding them $814,055, of which $138,000 was for the economic support he would have provided the family, had he lived.