David Landowski, 53, of Canyon County, was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a driver, who officials say, made an unsafe left turn. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Lindley Avenue and Rayen Street in Northridge, the evening of December 16, 2011. Officials say Landowski was travelling south on Lindley when a northbound Ford Explorer, driven by 62-year-old old Charles Giarratana, attempted a left turn in front of his KTM 620SX motorcycle. Landowski suffered severe injuries in the crash. It is not clear if Giarratana will be cited or if he will face charges in connection with this injury collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with David Landowski and his family following this serious injury accident. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 1,248 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the city of Los Angeles. During that same year, there were 83 fatalities and 2,719 injuries reported due to motorcycle accidents countywide.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the Ford Explorer was turning left at the time of the collision. 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.”
Fault and Liability
It is not clear why the driver of the Explorer failed to see the oncoming motorcycle and yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist. If it is determined that the driver of the Explorer is at fault, he can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. In cases involving negligence, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the medical bills, lost wages, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that the legal rights and best interests of a car accident victim are protected.