A 53-year-old Compton man was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle crash after he lost control of his cycle and got ejected onto the roadway. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on the northbound 110 Freeway south of Vernon Avenue in the Vermont Square section of central Los Angeles the morning of August 5, 2013.
California Highway Patrol officials say the man had just reached the Vernon Avenue off ramp on his 1979 Honda motorcycle when he “inexplicably veered left” and struck a concrete curb. This caused him to fly off the bike and get struck by other vehicles. One of the drivers lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail. He fled the scene, but was later arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. The motorcyclist died at the scene. CHP officials are investigating the crash.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Crashes
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 25 fatalities and 1,245 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 74 people died and 2,637 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
What Caused the Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that officials are still looking into what caused the motorcyclist to lose control. There are still several unanswered questions here. Why did the man lose control of his bike? Was there some debris on the roadway, which he ran over or tried to steer away from? Did another vehicle cut him off or cause him to lose control? Was there some type of auto defect or mechanical malfunction in the motorcycle, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
If a motorcycle defect caused this crash, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or the defective part can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. If another driver caused the crash, then he or she can be held accountable. If debris on the roadway caused the motorcyclist to lose control, then, the person or entity that dropped the debris can also be held liable. In such cases, victims’ families can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims’ families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.