Eugenio Lopez, 33, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle struck a Toyota pickup. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on the 110 Freeway, near Adams Boulevard, in Los Angeles, during the early morning hours of September 10, 2011. The pickup truck had crashed into the center divider before the motorcycle hit it. The victim’s bike ended up underneath the truck and both vehicles burst into flames. The authorities report that the collision may have resulted from the motorists attempting to avoid a mattress that was lying on the roadway. Lopez was killed in the accident, while the three occupants of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Eugenio Lopez following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims of the crash.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 1,248 were injured in Los Angeles motorcycle accidents. During that same year, Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents claimed 83 lives and caused 2,719 injuries.
Roadway Debris Accidents
Based on this news report, it appears that one of the motorists crashed in an attempt to avoid debris on the roadway, in this case, a mattress. California law prohibits anyone from throwing or dumping debris on the highway. California Vehicle Code Section 23112 (a) states: “No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.”
It is unclear as to how the mattress got on the roadway. Was it already there before the pickup crashed? Did it fall off the pickup when it crashed? Individuals responsible for causing serious injury accidents by dropping debris on the road may be held liable for their negligence.
In such cases, the families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.