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Motorcyclist Killed in Long Beach Car Accident

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Miguel Magana, 21, was killed in a Long Beach car accident after a left-turning vehicle struck and fatally injured him. According to a news report in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Harding Street the afternoon of June 1, 2014. Officials say Magana was traveling south on Cherry Avenue approaching Harding on his Yamaha motorcycle when he collided with a Toyota SUV that was attempting to turn left from northbound Cherry Avenue on to Harding Street.

Miguel Magana, 21, was killed in a Long Beach car accident after a left-turning vehicle struck and fatally injured him. According to a news report in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Harding Street the afternoon of June 1, 2014. Officials say Magana was traveling south on Cherry Avenue approaching Harding on his Yamaha motorcycle when he collided with a Toyota SUV that was attempting to turn left from northbound Cherry Avenue on to Harding Street.

The impact caused the Toyota to collide with a Honda SUV that was stopped and waiting at a red light on eastbound Harding at Cherry. Magana suffered major trauma to his body and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. No one else was injured. Witnesses told officials that the motorcyclist may have been traveling “at a high rate of speed” at the time. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Miguel Magana for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven fatalities and 100 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 88 people died and 3,024 were injured due to motorcycle collisions during the same year.

Right-of-Way Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Toyota SUV was trying to make a left turn when he struck the oncoming motorcyclist. 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

We trust officials are still investigating who was at fault and who had the right-of-way in this case. They are also likely looking into whether excessive speed was a factor. If the driver of the Toyota is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s wrongful death. In such cases, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to guide families that have lost loved ones through what could be a challenging and complex legal process.

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