Enrique Jose Salas, 45, was killed in a Ontario car accident after he was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn at an intersection. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Turner Avenue and Silver Saddle Street the morning of June 13, 2010. Salas was riding a Honda motorcycle south on Turner when he was struck by a Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was attempting to turn left from Silver Saddle to northbound Turner. Salas was transported to a local hospital where he died. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Enrique Jose Salas for their tremendous loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 27 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Ontario, California. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 34 people died and 532 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck may have failed to yield right-of-way to the oncoming motorcycle. 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.”
I trust officials are looking into factors such as who had the light, who had the right-of-way and also whether the driver of the pickup truck was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. If the other driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Salas’ wrongful death.
In such cases, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable for their actions.
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