David Godin, 30, was injured in a Los Angeles County car accident when a 1998 Ford Explorer turned in front of his motorcycle, the afternoon of March 30, 2012. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the motorcycle accident occurred at South Citrus Avenue and Arrow Highway in Azusa. Officials say the Explorer turned left from an apartment complex just before the motorcycle broadsided it. Godin suffered a compound fracture to his right leg. The 61-year-old Covina woman driving the Explorer was not injured. It is not clear if she will be cited for the collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with David Godin following this motorcycle crash. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but eight injuries reported due to Azusa motorcycle accidents. During that same year, Los Angeles County motorcycle accidents claimed 83 lives and injured 2,719 people.
What Caused This Motorcycle Collision?
Based on the news account, the driver of the SUV was attempting a left turn from a private drive. Drivers turning left and drivers who are entering traffic from a private driveway are legally required to yield to oncoming traffic. It is not yet clear if the SUV’s driver did so in this case. 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.”
If it is determined that the driver of the Explorer failed to yield the right of way, then, she could be held liable for the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Motorcycle accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.