Joe Alikhan, 59, was killed in a Victorville motorcycle accident after he lost control of his cycle and crashed. According to a news report in The Victorville Daily Press, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of April 10, 2012 on Hesperia Road between Green Tree Boulevard and Nisqualli Road. Police say Alikhan lost control of his motorcycle. He was tossed onto the roadway. Alikhan was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries the following morning. Some friends of Alikhan have told police that the incident involved a hit-and-run driver. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Victorville police at 760-241-2911.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Joe Alikhan for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 11 injuries as a result of Victorville motorcycle accidents. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 32 people died and 450 were injured due to motorcycle accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news article, it is not entirely clear how or why Alikhan crashed. His friends believe that a hit-and-run driver caused the accident. But officials say there is no evidence yet of the involvement of a hit-and-run driver. I trust investigators are looking for eyewitnesses who may have seen the crash in order to determine precisely what occurred. It is also important here to look into other factors such as a vehicle defect, or mechanical malfunction, or a dangerous roadway condition that may have caused or contributed to the incident.
Leaving the scene of a car accident is illegal under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."
Compensation for Victims’ Families
If this was a hit-and-run crash, I trust officials will soon be able to apprehend and bring the driver to justice. If you have any information, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise a victim's family about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found, or, in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.