Daniel Mourning, 46, of Westlake Village was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 150 near the Ojai Summit the afternoon of February 28, 2009, the Ventura County Star reports in this article. Mourning was apparently headed east near Happy Valley School Road when his motorcycle drifted onto the dirt shoulder for unknown reasons, California Highway Patrol officials said. Mourning then lost control of the motorcycle and tried to lay the bike down on its left side.
The motorcycle however seemed to have done a “U” back on the highway and into the opposing lane of traffic leading to a head-on collision with another vehicle. Two people in the car, which caught fire from the impact of the crash, suffered minor to moderate injuries and at least one person had to be hospitalized.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of Daniel Mourning for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 auto accident statistics, there were 11 motorcycle accident fatalities and 224 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Ventura County. The number of motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries has been escalating considerably over the last five years in Southern California. Ownership of motorcycles, particularly among men over 50 years of age, has also increased.
In this particular motorcycle accident, it is not clear exactly what made Daniel Mourning lose control of his motorcycle. There are many questions that arise. Was there a dangerous condition such as a spill or uneven pavement on the highway? Was there a mechanical malfunction or a product defect in the motorcycle that contributed to this car versus motorcycle collision? If I were a member of the Mourning family, I’d want to know the answers here as soon as possible.
I’d urge the family of Daniel Mourning to seek the counsel of an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney who will be able to analyze the facts and determine how and why this tragic accident occurred. A skilled personal injury lawyer will promptly identify the negligent parties and hold them responsible. In such cases, I recommend preserving the motorcycle in its crashed state and having it examined right away by an expert for product defects, mechanical malfunctions and other evidence.