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San Bernardino Car Accident Proves Fatal for Motorcyclist

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A 65-year-old man was killed in a Victorville car accident after he was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn, the evening of February 22, 2012. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred near the intersection of Bear Valley Road and Mesa View Road. Officials say the motorcyclist was riding a Harley-Davidson west on Bear Valley Road when the driver of a blue pickup truck pulled out and made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of this deceased motorcyclist. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

San Bernardino Motorcycle Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four deaths and 11 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in the city of Victorville. Also, countywide, motorcycle accidents claimed 32 lives and caused 450 injuries, during the same year.

Right-of-Way Laws

Based on this news account, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. 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.”

Liability Issues

I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time of the accident. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and other related damages. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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