Blake Harold, 20, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a driver who was making a left turn at a Temple City intersection. According to a news report in the Pasadena Star-News, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred the afternoon of March 12, 2010 at the intersection of Rosemead Boulevard and Emperor Avenue. Harold was riding north on Rosemead when his motorcycle and a Toyota Matrix that was being driven by a 21-year-old man, collided with each other. The Toyota was making a left turn from southbound Rosemead on to Emperor Avenue on a yellow light when the collision occurred. Officials have not yet determined who was at fault here, but they say drugs or alcohol was not a factor in this crash.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Blake Harold for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to them. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but four injuries were reported in Temple City as a result of motorcycle accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 114 people died and 2,934 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Determination of Cause
Based on this news report, officials are still trying to determine who was at fault here. They are saying that the Toyota driver’s view may have been obstructed by another vehicle, as he made that left turn when the light was yellow at the intersection. I trust officials are looking into who had right-of-way at the time and also whether the driver of the Toyota was distracted or speeding in order to “beat the light.”
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states the following requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn: “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.”
Victims in such cases would be well-advised to consult an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. If a dangerous condition at this intersection caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the intersection can also be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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