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March 24, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Silverado Car Accident

Christopher Harty, 23, was killed in a car accident in the Irvine area, after the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of March 21, 2014 at the intersection of Ridgeline Road and Santiago Canyon Road in Silverado Canyon.

Police say a 38-year-old woman driving a 2007 Toyota east on Ridgeline had stopped at the stop sign at Santiago Canyon and pulled out to make a left turn in front of Harty's 2013 Aprilia motorcycle.

Harty was thrown off the bike and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota

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December 9, 2013

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Injured in San Bernardino County Crash

Shawn Anderson, 42, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured in a motorcycle accident after he was sideswiped by a pickup truck on Highway 60 in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident occurred the morning of December 5, 2013. California Highway Patrol officials say 43-year-old Robert Saucedo was driving his 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck west in the number one lane at about 55 mph.

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December 6, 2013

Lake Elsinore Motorcycle Crash Proves Fatal

Jose Garcia, 51, of Fontana, was killed in a Lake Elsinore motorcycle accident the morning of December 3, 2013. According to the Lake Elsinore Patch, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Torn Ranch Road. The crash involved Garcia's motorcycle and a sedan. Garcia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the sedan, a man in his 20s, was uninjured. Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash. Garcia was wearing a helmet. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jose Garcia for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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August 23, 2013

Fountain Valley Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Francisco Rincon, 19, of Fountain Valley, was killed after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the morning of August 22, 2013, at the intersection of West First Street and North Olive Street in Santa Ana. Police say the motorcycle collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The driver was transported to a local trauma center with critical injuries and was pronounced dead several hours later.

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August 15, 2013

Motorcycle Accident in Pomona Proves Fatal

Art Salcedo, 41, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pomona after a sedan struck him. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Mission Boulevard west on Myrtle Avenue the evening of August 10, 2013. Salcedo was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2081. Investigators are still looking into the circumstances of the collision and what may have caused it.

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August 9, 2013

Man Killed in Central Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident

A 53-year-old Compton man was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle crash after he lost control of his cycle and got ejected onto the roadway. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on the northbound 110 Freeway south of Vernon Avenue in the Vermont Square section of central Los Angeles the morning of August 5, 2013.

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July 22, 2013

Motorcyclist Injured in Head-on Crash in Azusa

Charles Dean III, 24, suffered significant head injuries after the motorcycle he was driving was struck head-on by a vehicle whose driver, officials suspect, was under the influence. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the major injury collision occurred the night of July 17, 2012 in the 300 block of North Citrus Avenue. Police say that motorcyclist was heading south on Citrus Avenue and collided head-on with a vehicle that was making a left turn in front of the motorcycle.

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June 14, 2013

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Calabasas

Thomas Westerlund, 25, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident after a vehicle making a U-turn struck him. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Las Virgenes Road south of Thousand Oaks Boulevard the afternoon of June 12, 2013. Officials say his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck whose driver was making a U-turn.

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June 4, 2013

Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Huntington Beach DUI Crash

Kelly Morehouse, 25, was killed in a motorcycle accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred at Goldenwest Street and Rio Vista Drive near Central Park. Police say Morehouse's boyfriend was driving a black 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on Goldenwest the night of June 1, 2013 when it collided with a northbound blue 2010 Lexus sedan driven by 68-year-old Tadashi Mizutani.

Morehouse and her boyfriend were taken to a local hospital. Morehouse died at the hospital. Her boyfriend suffered leg fractures, but was in stable condition. Mizutani was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Kelly Morehouse, who by all accounts was a beloved member of her family and the community. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 107 injuries involving DUI crashes in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 45 people died and 1,317 were injured due to drunk driving collisions during the same year.

Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that police suspect Mizutani was under the influence at the time. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): "It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle." A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will also likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).

Compensation for Victims and Families

In such cases, in addition to criminal charges, drivers can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

May 23, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed in Riverside Crash

Quecannon Nihipali, 40, was killed in a Riverside County motorcycle crash, which officials say, occurred when he was lane splitting. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on May 20, 2013 when Nihipali was riding east on the line between two lanes in slow traffic just west of Main Street. As he did so, Nihipali struck the left rear of the vehicle to the right. He was knocked off the motorcycle and run over by a semi truck with a trailer that was traveling about 15 mph. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lane splitting by motorcycles is legal only in the state of California.

Motorcycle Crashes in Riverside County

According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 52 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle crashes in Corona. In Riverside County as a whole, 36 fatalities and 481 injuries were reported due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.

The Safety of Lane Splitting

Based on this news report, it appears that the motorcyclist was lane splitting when the crash occurred. CHP recently issued specific guidelines, for the first time, for those who split lanes on motorcycles. Officials warn that those who cannot split lanes safely should altogether abandon the practice. While it is legal to split lanes on a motorcycle, CHP officials say the key to safely lane splitting is speed. Officials advise that motorcyclists should lane-split no faster than 10 mph over the speed of traffic around then. They also recommend that motorcyclists not split lanes at all if the traffic is faster than 30 mph. Other motorists should also be aware that motorcyclists might be passing close by.

Potential Liability Issues

In any motorcycle accident case, it is important to look into potential causes and liability issues. If a negligent motorist caused or contributed to a crash, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist's wrongful death. If a product defect causes a motorcycle to crash, the manufacturer of the faulty motorcycle or part can be held liable as well. Families of deceased motorcyclists can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured motorcycle accident victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

January 31, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed in Santa Monica Crash

Alexander Smollins, 22, was killed in a motorcycle collision after his bike crashed with a car at a Santa Monica intersection. According to a City News Service report, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of 25th Street and Pico Boulevard. Santa Monica police say Smollins was eastbound in the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard when he hit a car driven by a 26-year-old Inglewood man. The car was northbound on 25th Street and had turned left on to Pico after stopping at a stop sign. Smollins was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Santa Monica police at 310-458-8495.

Statistics Involving Motorcycle Crashes

There were no fatalities, but 38 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle crashes in Santa Monica, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 74 people died and 2,637 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County.

Right-of-Way Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred at a street intersection. The car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle when the crash occurred, officials say. The stop sign at this T-intersection is for traffic that is turning onto Pico. There are no stop signs for through traffic on Pico. I trust officials are looking into whether the car's driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the oncoming motorcycle.

California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): "The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety."

Fault and Liability

In this particular case, if the driver was determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist's wrongful death. Under California law, families of deceased victims can file a civil claim against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.

An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the intersection caused or contributed to the collision. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Any such personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident, under California Government Code Section 911.2.

September 26, 2012

Van Nuys Motorcyclist Killed in Collision

Mina Rezkalla, 19, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn, the evening of September 24, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Gilmore Street and Kester Avenue. Police said the driver, 62-year-old Raymon Khoury, was driving a Mercedes Benz E320 north on Kester Avenue and was turning left onto Gilmore Street when the car collided with the southbound motorcyclist. Rezkalla was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Khoury remained at the scene. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of Mina Rezkalla who are mourning this tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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September 14, 2012

Motorcyclist Killed in La Verne Car Accident

James Chappell, 29, was killed in a Los Angeles County car accident after he struck a van, whose driver cut him off, officials said. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the morning of September 13, 2012 on the westbound 210 Freeway near Fruit Street.

California Highway Patrol officials say Chappell was riding his 2002 Honda CBR600 motorcycle in the carpool lane, when a 58-year-old Claremont man driving a 2010 Ford E-350 van moved into the carpool lane, crossing the double yellow line, directly into the path of the motorcyclist. Chappell was unable to avoid hitting the back of the van. In spite of wearing a helmet, Chappell suffered sever head trauma and died from his injuries. No arrested or citations have been reported yet. The investigation is ongoing.

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August 23, 2012

Motorcyclist Dies in A Collision With Vehicle

August 16, 2012—Lake Forest, CA—According to the Orange County Register, a 29-year-old man was killed when his motorcycle collided with an Acura making a left turn in front of him.

The accident occurred on Peachwood Street at Palmwood Drivejust after 12:00 noon. The motorcycle rider was traveling east on Peachwood when the driver of an Acura sedan turned left in front of him. The rider struck the door and was ejected from the bike. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Authorities have not released his name pending notification of his relatives.

No arrests have been made, but the major accident reconstruction team is currently investigating the collision.

My sincere condolences go out to the family of this unfortunate victim.

Accident Statistics

About two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are the fault of a passenger car driver, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Of those accidents, fully half involve a driver making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle rider.

It is unclear why this phenomenon occurs so often. Some experts have speculated that the smaller size of a motorcycle when compared to a passenger car creates an illusion that causes drivers to believe they have more turning space than they actually do.

What Happened In This Accident

While it is clear that the driver turned left in front of the motorcycle rider, the question of fault still must be answered. It is possible that the motorcycle rider was running a red light, although that does not seem to be indicated from the initial accident reports. It is possible that there may be some other explanation for the accident. If so, the accident reconstruction team should be able to offer other possible scenarios that may have led up to this crash and might help determine where true liability lies in this accident.

Liability Issues

The driver of the Acura sedan, if charged with the accident, could face a wrongful death suit brought about by the victim’s family for their loss. Wrongful death suits imply that there was a gross amount of negligence on the part of the defendant; in this case, that assumption would rest on the fact that the driver pulled out in front of the oncoming motorcycle and caused him to crash, ultimately leading to his death.

If you have an accident with a motorcycle in the Southern California area, you need to get in touch with an Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer today.

July 18, 2012

Former UCLA Lineman Loses Part of his Leg after Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident

Amir "Nick" Ekbatani, 25, lost a portion of his left leg after a Los Angeles County car accident. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the injury motorcycle crash occurred the night of July 14, 2012 at the intersection of Diamond Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. Police say a cab driver, who was southbound on PCH made a left turn onto Diamond, colliding with the Ekbatani who was riding northbound on PCH. Ekbatani was ejected from his motorcycle and transported to a regional hospital. Doctors repaired his broken left femur, but were unable to save the crushed bottom portion of the limb. His friends say the only reason Ekbatani is alive is because he was wearing a helmet and because he was strong and healthy.

My heart goes out to Amir Ekbatani and his family. I wish him the very best for a speedy recovery. Please keep him and his family members in your thoughts and prayers. Doctors have given Ekbatani hope that he can be fitted with a prosthetic leg. The family is raising money for Ekbatani's medical expenses.

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