A motorcyclist was fatally injured in a Moreno Valley car accident the afternoon of September 9, 2015.
According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the deadly motorcycle accident occurred when the rider was traveling east on Alessandro Boulevard near Perris Boulevard.
Officials say a car pulled out of a business onto the road and collided with the motorcycle. The rider was ejected. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital where he died. No citations or arrests were reported pending an official investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 951-486-6900.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 37 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Moreno Valley.
In Riverside County as a whole, 37 people died and 627 were injured due to motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case pulled out of a driveway and struck the motorcyclist. Drivers pulling out of public or private driveways must yield right-of-way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.” Vehicles entering traffic “shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, in addition to facing charges or citations, he or she could also be held civilly liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
Victims’ families in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.