Michael Paul Mangas, 42, was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident after a big rig struck his 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the fatal accident occurred on the 405 Freeway near Avalon Boulevard in Carson, the afternoon of March 13, 2012. Officials say Mangas was riding between the car pool and the number one lane when he approached the big rig, which was traveling in the car pool lane. He did not have enough room to pass between vehicles and braked, before steering left and sliding into the back of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. It is unclear if the big rig was legally in the car pool lane or if anyone will be cited for this motorcycle crash.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Michael Paul Mangas following this tragic truck accident. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 24 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Carson. During that same year, 83 fatalities and 2,719 injuries occurred due to Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on the news account, it is not entirely clear why this collision occurred. Why was the big rig in the car pool lane? Did the truck driver contribute to the accident by drifting out of the car pool lane? Was the motorcyclist exercising due caution while lane splitting? California allows lane splitting even if it is illegal in most states,. According to the California Highway Patrol’s web site, lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible, but “must be done in a safe and prudent manner.”
The family of a deceased motorcycle accident victim would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. If it is determined that the truck driver was negligent here, then, the driver as well as his or her employer may be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.