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Motorcycle Accident in Pomona Proves Fatal

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Art Salcedo, 41, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pomona after a sedan struck him. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Mission Boulevard west on Myrtle Avenue the evening of August 10, 2013. Salcedo was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2081. Investigators are still looking into the circumstances of the collision and what may have caused it.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

One person died and 33 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in Pomona, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 74 fatalities and 2,637 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle crashes during the same year.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why this tragic accident occurred. Motorcycle accidents occur under several circumstances such as:

• Failure to yield the right-of-way: Motorists often fail to see motorcycles at street intersections. A number of vehicle versus motorcycle collisions occur due to a motorist’s failure to yield the right-of-way.
• Unsafe left turns: Under California law, all vehicles are required to yield to oncoming vehicles while making a left turn. Failure to do so causes a number of motorcycle accidents.
• Rear-end accidents: Motorists who drive at an unsafe speed or those who are distracted are more likely to rear-end motorcyclists.
• Red light violation: Motorists who run a red light or stop sign can cause serious injury and harm to motorcyclists.
• Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who fail to look for motorcyclists when they change lanes can cause serious damage as well.

Liability Issues

In such cases, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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