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Former UCLA Lineman Loses Part of his Leg after Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident

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Amir “Nick” Ekbatani, 25, lost a portion of his left leg after a Los Angeles County car accident. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the injury motorcycle crash occurred the night of July 14, 2012 at the intersection of Diamond Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. Police say a cab driver, who was southbound on PCH made a left turn onto Diamond, colliding with the Ekbatani who was riding northbound on PCH. Ekbatani was ejected from his motorcycle and transported to a regional hospital. Doctors repaired his broken left femur, but were unable to save the crushed bottom portion of the limb. His friends say the only reason Ekbatani is alive is because he was wearing a helmet and because he was strong and healthy.

My heart goes out to Amir Ekbatani and his family. I wish him the very best for a speedy recovery. Please keep him and his family members in your thoughts and prayers. Doctors have given Ekbatani hope that he can be fitted with a prosthetic leg. The family is raising money for Ekbatani’s medical expenses.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 17 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Redondo Beach. Also, during the same year, 83 people died and 2,719 were injured due to Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents.

Yielding Right of Way

Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred when a vehicle made a left turn and struck the oncoming motorcycle. Officials are still looking into whether the cab driver failed to yield the right of way to Ekbatani at the time. 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.”

Fault and Liability

If it is determined that the cab driver is at fault, then, he and his employer can be held liable for Ekbatani’s injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, surgeries, medical equipment, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Motorcycle accident victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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