Los Angeles County Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Mark Francis Pedace, 44, died in a La Mirada motorcycle accident after he apparently lost control of his vehicle the evening of April 1, 2009, the Whittier Daily News reports. Pedace was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 15000 block of Olive Branch Drive in La Mirada when the motorcycle drifted toward the curb. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials say Pedace tried to correct, but hit the foot guard, which in turn hit the pavement. The front wheel struck the curb and Pedace was thrown off his bike and hit a tree. Pedace was wearing a helmet, but suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Mark Francis Pedace for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to them and will keep them in my prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were no fatalities and no injury accidents involving motorcycles in La Mirada. However, in Los Angeles County as a whole, it was a different story. There were 85 deaths and 2,792 injuries relating to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles County in 2007. More recent CHP studies also show 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. In California, 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.
There are many reasons why this Los Angeles County motorcycle accident may have occurred. Officials say speed may have been a factor. But if I were one of Pedace’s family members, I would want to know why Pedace’s Harley drifted toward the curb and how he lost control. Was there a mechanical problem or a product defect in the motorcycle? Was there a dangerous condition or debris on the roadway that caused Pedace to lose control of his motorcycle?
The Pedace family would be well-advised to contact an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer, who can look into all possible factors for this fatal crash and hold the negligent parties responsible. It is also very important that the motorcycle be preserved in its current state and examined for mechanical or product defects and other evidence.