Victor Lizarraga, 35, was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident after he collided with a small pickup truck the night of July 25, 2009 in Pomona, California. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred near Holt Avenue and Reservoir Street. Police say Lizarraga was riding his motorcycle east on Holt. The pickup truck, driven by Gerardo Alanis, 24, was traveling west on Holt before attempting a left turn onto southbound Reservoir. Lizarraga apparently could not stop in time to avoid the collision and ended up striking the right side of the truck. Lizarraga was pronounced dead at the scene. Alanis was uninjured.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Victor Lizarraga for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. Please keep them in your prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 19 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Pomona. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 85 deaths and 2,792 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck, Alanis, did not see Lizarraga as he attempted to make the left turn and may have caused this fatal Los Angeles car accident.California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states the following requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn: “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.”
Contacting a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
The family of Victor Lizarraga would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of this accident and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. If Alanis caused the crash because of recklessness, negligence or driving under the influence, he could be held liable for the accident and Lizarraga’s fatal injuries. Where there is negligence or wrongdoing involved, families of deceased car accident victims may be able to file wrongful death claims to seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other related damages.
A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also look into whether a dangerous intersection caused or contributed to this fatal motorcycle accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Any claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.