A Whittier man believed to be in his 50s was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident after his motorcycle collided with a van. According to a report in The Whittier Daily News, the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Valley View Avenue and Bora Drive in La Mirada, the morning of February 29, 2012. Officials say the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Valley View when the driver of the van attempted a left turn from Bora Drive onto Valley View. The victim died from his injuries shortly after the incident. The woman in her 30s who was driving the van has not been arrested and it is not yet clear if she will face charges in connection with this fatal collision.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this tragic motorcycle crash. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles County Motorcycle Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and six were injured in La Mirada motorcycle accidents. Throughout Los Angeles County, 83 fatalities and 2,719 injuries were reported due to motorcycle accidents, during that same year.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news article, the driver of the van was turning left when the motorcycle broadsided it. I trust investigators are looking into whether the van’s driver failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic before making the 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 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.”
In this particular case, if the driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation to cover damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages and benefits, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The family would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.