California Highway Patrol officials are looking for the driver of a white box truck who they say struck and fatally injured a motorcyclist on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles before leaving the scene. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred early morning on Oct. 14 on the northbound 110 Freeway at Manchester Avenue. Officers got a report of a body in the roadway. The investigation determined that the motorcyclist, a Los Angeles area resident, was the victim of a hit and run.
CHP officials said the hit-and-run truck driver had dragged the motorcycle for a couple of hundred yards away from the location where the rider’s body was found. The male victim died at the scene. Investigators are also looking at the possibility that the motorcyclist was struck by at least one additional vehicle as he was left injured on the roadway. No detailed description of the box truck is available. Anyone with information about this fatal hit and run crash is asked to contact CHP’s Central Los Angeles area office at 213-744-2331.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of this deceased motorcycle accident victim. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to CHP’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) the city of Los Angeles saw 48 deaths and 1,778 injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents that year. In the county as a whole, 128 people died and 3,851 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2015. Los Angeles also gained notoriety over the years as the “hit-and-run capital” of the nation. Recent statistics show that nearly half of all traffic accidents reported in the Greater Los Angeles area are hit-and-run crashes compared to 11 percent for the rest of the nation.
Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims and Families
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the box truck that initially struck the motorcyclist had fled the scene of the crash dragging the motorcycle with him for several yards. Officials are also looking for other motorists who may have hit the wounded motorcyclist and then left the accident site. California law requires all motorists involved in any type of injury or fatal accident to stop and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. Most importantly, they are required to seek help for the injured person. This is to ensure that a victim gets timely and potentially life-saving medical attention.
Families that have lost loved ones in hit-and-run accidents struggle to secure justice and fair compensation, particularly
In hit-and-run cases where witnesses are scarce and the at-fault driver has not been identified or arrested, it is a challenge for the victim and his or her family to secure justice as well as fair compensation for their losses. Such families would be well advised to promptly contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and strive to help them receive the compensation they rightfully deserve. Please remember that compensation may also be available here through the uninsured motorist clause of a victim’s auto insurance policy. There are also cases where other parties such as the manufacturer of a defective auto part may be held liable.