A 24-year-old man who was killed in a Riverside car accident the night of March 22, 2010 has been identified by authorities as Matthew Wills. A news report states that the fatal motorcycle crash occurred when Wills was riding a 2007 Yamaha south on Canyon Crest Drive, near Via Vista Drive. The driver of a Nissan Altima made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Wills could not avoid a collision with the car and was thrown off his motorcycle. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died. The Nissan’s driver was uninjured.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Wills for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
There were three fatalities and 96 injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents in Riverside, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Riverside County as a whole, 32 deaths and 581 injuries were reported involving motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Car Accident Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
It is possible that the driver of the Nissan did not consciously look for a motorcycle as he made a left turn. In this case, if the other motorist is found to be at fault, then he could be held liable for the accident and Wills’ wrongful death. In such cases, an experienced Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the legal rights and best interests of victims and their families, are protected at all times.
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