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Westchester Car Accident Kills Motorcyclist

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James Patrick Marcotte, 63, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after a car crashed into his motorcycle at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Westchester Parkway and Will Rogers Street, the evening of May 7, 2012. Police say Marcotte was westbound on Westchester Parkway when the crash occurred. It was unclear whether the driver of the car was injured. No other information was available.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of James Patrick Marcotte who are mourning their loved one’s tragic loss.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 fatalities and 1,248 injuries occurred involving motorcycle accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 83 people died and 2,719 were injured due to motorcycle accidents, during the same year.

What Caused This Fatal Crash?

Based on this news account, it is not clear what led to the collision. There are several questions that remain here. Who was at fault? Did the motorcyclist or the driver of the other vehicle fail to yield the right-of-way? Did speed play a part in this crash? Was the driver impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent? Did a dangerous roadway condition cause or contribute to the incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.

According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”

Liability Issues

In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship. Families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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