Mark Flores, 20, was killed in a Baldwin Park motorcycle accident on February 25, 2009 after his motorcycle spun out of control and hit two cars. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Flores lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in the 4000 block of Harlan Avenue.
My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Mark Flores. The newspaper report states that the crash site has become a memorial for the motorcyclist and that friends and family have held candlelight vigils and prayer services at the site over the last one week. I offer my deepest sympathies to Mark Flores’ family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there was one fatal motorcycle accident and 21 injuries relating to motorcycle accidents in Baldwin Park. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 78 deaths and 2,168 injuries were attributed to motorcycle accidents during that period.
More recent numbers from the CHP show that motorcycle accident fatalities are reaching a record high in Los Angeles County. According to the statistics, 96 people died in motorcycle collisions in 2008 in Los Angeles County compared to 58 deaths in 2001. In 2007, 85 people died in motorcycle accidents. Statewide, the number of people who are taking to riding motorcycles has increased dramatically over the last five years. About 1.2 million Californians have licenses to drive motorcycles, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. That is 300,000 more riders than in 2001.
In this Baldwin Park motorcycle accident, officials haven’t said yet why Mark Flores lost control of his motorcycle. The news report does not mention that Flores was speeding or driving in an unsafe manner. Mark Flores’ family would be well-advised to contact a California motorcycle accident attorney who will examine the facts and determine how and why this tragedy occurred.
As a Southern California personal injury law firm that routinely handles motorcycle accident cases, we know that many of these accidents occur because of a mechanical malfunction or a product defect. They can also happen because of a dangerous or defective roadway. A skilled personal injury attorney will bring in an expert to examine the crashed vehicle for any product or mechanical defects and other evidence.