Michael Johnson, 47, of Apple Valley, was killed in a Victorville car accident after a minivan turned ahead of his motorcycle. According to a news article in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred early morning on May 7, 2012 at the intersection of D and Second streets. Police say Casey Hunter, 32, was driving a Ford Windstar van east on D and had stopped at Second. He then made a left turn in front of Johnson’s 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic that was westbound on D Street. Johnson slammed into the van and died from his injuries. No arrests have been made pending the official investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Michael Johnson who are mourning their loved one’s tragic loss. My heart goes out to Johnson’s grieving family members.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 11 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Victorville. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 32 people died and 450 were injured in motorcycle accidents, during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the van made an unsafe left turn in front of the motorcyclist. 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
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver in this case was impaired, distracted or driving recklessly at the time. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In such cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost future wages, funeral costs, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. An experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will better advise motorcycle accident victims or their families about their legal rights and options.