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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in Downtown Los Angeles Collision

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Philip Siron, 29, was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident after a left-turning vehicle struck him at a street intersection.

According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred at the corner of Alameda and Seventh streets the night of March 13, 2015.

Police say a 2015 Volkswagen sedan driven by 20-year-old George Thomas was going south and he turned to make a left turn on to eastbound Seventh.

The car collided with Siron’s 2011 Harley-Davidson and the rider was
thrown on to the roadway. Siron was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Thomas remained at the scene of the crash. No citations or arrests were reported.

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

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 46 fatalities and 1,629 injuries due to motorcycle accidents in the city of Los Angeles.

Countywide, 116 people died and 3,233 were injured as a result of motorcycle collisions during the same year.

Left Turn Law

Based on this news report, it appears that the motorcyclist was struck as the car’s driver was attempting a left turn.

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 looking into whether the driver was under the influence, distracted, or otherwise negligent in this case. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.

An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

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