David Christmas, 23, was killed in a Costa Mesa motorcycle accident after a vehicle turning left struck him at the street intersection.
According to a report in the Daily Pilot, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Baker and Bear streets the morning of January 8, 2015.
Police say Christmas’s motorcycle collided with a
Ford Fusion that had turned left in front of him. He suffered major head injuries. Christmas was transported to an area hospital where he died.
A 25-year-old Huntington Beach woman who was riding with Christmas suffered a bruised chin and cuts to her arms. The car’s driver was not injured. Officials are still investigating the crash.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of David Christmas. We also wish the injured passenger the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 61 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Costa Mesa.
In Orange County as a whole, 23 fatalities and 934 injuries were reported due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Ford Fusion made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. We trust officials are looking into whether the driver made a reckless or illegal turn, causing this accident.
Motorists making left turns or U-turns are required under the law to yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles including motorcycles.
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 the motorist is determined to have been at fault here, he or she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitative treatment and pain and suffering.
Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income and loss of companionship. An experienced Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.