At about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, motorcyclist Michael Kolb was killed and his wife, Martha, was seriously injured in a collision in Bloomfield. Seventy-seven-year-old Cynthia Callahan exited her driveway and turned left onto Valley Ford Road in front of the couple’s 2008 Harley Davidson, causing them to crash into her Nissan Rogue SUV. Michael was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Martha to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 142 motorcyclists in Sonoma County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Sonoma 30th out of 58 counties for its incidence of motorcycle accidents resulting in trauma or death; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Kolb. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his wife Martha.
Additional information on handling an injury or a wrongful death claim following a motorcycle accident is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California motorcycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.