Charles George, 62, of Ventura died in a motorcycle accident on January 10, 2009 after his motorcycle was struck by a car, according to the Ventura County Star news report. George was apparently traveling east on Thompson Boulevard and the car was traveling west. The collision occurred as the sedan turned left on Figueroa Street, Ventura police officials said. George was thrown off his motorcycle and was taken to an area hospital where he died a few hours after the accident. The driver of the sedan has not been identified but police have said that the motorist was neither cited nor arrested pending an investigation.
My heart goes out to the family of Charles George for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, in Ventura County, there were 12 motorcycle accident related fatalities and 238 related injuries reported in 2006. Based on this newspaper report, it appears to me that the driver of the sedan was at fault for this fatal Ventura motorcycle crash. I’d say the car’s driver did not see the motorcyclist, George, while making that 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 a 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 approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
The family of Charles George would be well-advised to consult an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney, who will fight for their legal rights and make sure that the negligent party is held responsible for this tragic incident. If the other motorist was found to have been driving under the influence, then he or she is likely to face criminal charges as well. A skilled personal injury lawyer would also look into whether a dangerous roadway or intersection existed here and if it played a part in this fatal collision.