A man, Steven Sabatini, is dead following a motorcycle accident in St. George, Utah, on April 17, 2010. According to KSL News, Steven Sabatini, 33 years old, and his wife Yvonne Bonhard, 24 years old, were riding together on a motorcycle that Sabatini had recently purchased. The two were said to have been speeding down East Ridge Drive around 9:30 p.m. when Sabatini approached a curve in the road. Because of the sharp turn, he was unable to slow down, and the motorcycle continued to go straight, off the road, colliding at high velocity into a parked truck. The resulting crash left Sabatini with a severe head injury. He was taken to a local hospital, but sadly, perished there shortly thereafter. His wife, Yvonne, was flown to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, none of them were wearing a helmet. The two had married only one month earlier. Police suspect that Steven may have had alcohol in his system at the time of this motorcycle crash.
My condolences go out to the family of Steven for this tragic loss. I can’t help but think, though, that if he had a helmet on, that he very well would be alive right now. An exposed head striking a stationary object at high speed can inflict unrecoverable, severe damage to a person’s brain.
Legally speaking, Steven’s widow could have a claim against her husband’s estate. Although he was said not to have had insurance, if he had recently acquired the bike, it may fall under the 15 to 30 day window that an existing auto policy may have to add another vehicle, unless that policy excludes motorcycle additions. If she had her own policy, then she should look to either the uninsured or under-insured component, depending on the status of insurance covering the motorcycle. I would recommend that she or her family contact an experienced Utah motorcycle accident attorney for assistance in reviewing what remedies may be available to her.