Kelly Koger Fatal in Merced County Head-on Collision
Merced County, CA (August 02, 2023) – Kelly Koger (61) was identified as the fatality in Merced County head-on collision. According to Merced Sun-Star, the crash happened on Thursday morning.
Kelly Koger died at the scene of the Merced County head-on collision.
The California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal head-on collision on Applegate Road, just south of Atwater Jordan Road, outside the City of Atwater.
The collision involved a motorcycle and a Dodge pickup truck.
The Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office identified the motorcycle rider as 61-year-old Kelly Koger from Atwater.
Kelly Koger was traveling on a motorcycle in the Northbound Lane of Applegate Road.
Authorities stated that, for unknown reasons, Kelly Koger suddenly veered into the southbound lane directly in front of a woman driving a Dodge pickup truck.
The two vehicles collided head-on, resulting in Kelly Koger being pronounced dead at the scene.
The police report that it appears the driver of the Dodge was unable to avoid the collision.
If you have any information regarding the collision, please contact the Merced Area CHP office at 209-356-6600.
J&M Tip: Head-on collisions often occur when a driver does not follow traffic rules or loses control of the vehicle, leading it into the path of oncoming traffic. If you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on collision, it is essential to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.
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More About Motorcycle Accident Liability
Motorcycle accidents usually cause more severe damage than other auto accidents. Motorcyclists are prone to sustaining major injuries because they are more exposed. Also, motorcycles are lighter and don’t provide much protection. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the following:
- Compact and less visible on the road
- Loss of control due to road debris
- Motorcyclists are exposed to road and other vehicles
- Prone to wobbling
- Unskilled motorcyclists who don’t have proper licenses
However, motorcycle accident liability always falls on the negligent driver. Most of the time, both the motorcyclist and the other vehicle’s driver can be at fault. It all depends on who made careless road maneuvers, which contributed to the accident. Proving negligence can become challenging on your own. Fortunately, you can hire an experienced attorney for motorcycle accidents. A skilled lawyer can do more than just help build your case. Learn more about motorcycle accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Merced County
In this case, the family members of Kelly Koger in this Merced County head-on collision can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Bicycle Accident
Indeed, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, getting your rightful compensation is also important to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby and Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Merced County, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like professional advice about your case, call us today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Kelly Koger.
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