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Fatal Orange County Motorcycle Accident


Bryan Hodges, 20, was killed in an Orange County car accident after his motorcycle was struck at an intersection, the evening of July 11, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Euclid Street and Country Hills Drive in La Habra. Hodges was on one of two motorcycles travelling south on Euclid, when a northbound car made a left turn in front of them. One of the motorcyclists was able to avoid the collision. Hodges’ motorcycle hit the car and he suffered fatal injuries. The licensed juvenile driving the car has not been cited for the collision. An investigation is ongoing.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Bryan Hodges following this tragic motorcycle accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 10 people were injured in La Habra motorcycle accidents. During that same year, 35 fatalities and 801 injuries occurred as a result of Orange County motorcycle accidents.

Unsafe left turn?

Based on this news report, investigators are trying to determine who had the right-of-way at the intersection. If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the young driver may have made an unsafe left turn and may have failed to yield right-of-way to the oncoming motorcyclists before making 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

If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for Hodges’ wrongful death. I trust officials are looking into whether the teenager was distracted, inattentive or driving recklessly at the time of the crash. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, and loss of companionship. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will better advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.

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