David Arthur Stover, 51, of Fullerton was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle was hit by a car making a left turn. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the motorcycle accident occurred at Glenoaks Boulevard and Peoria Street in the San Fernando Valley, during the early morning hours of April 5, 2012. The driver of a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse attempted a left turn and struck Stover's 2002 Yamaha Warrior. Officials say that the motorcyclist was not speeding and that impairment does not appear to have been a factor in the accident. Stover was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. It is not clear if the driver of the Eclipse will be cited for making an unsafe turn.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of David Arthur Stover following this tragic motorcycle accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 1,248 were injured in Los Angeles motorcycle accidents. During that same year, there were 83 fatalities and 2,719 injuries reported due to Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on the news report, this fatal accident occurred when the driver was making a left turn. It is not clear at this time as to who had the right-of-way or who was at fault.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety."
If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he or she could be held liable for Stover’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. In such cases, the victim's family would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.