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San Bernardino Car Accident Proves Fatal for Motorcyclist


Carlos James Adams, 25, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, which may have made an unsafe left turn. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the evening of May 16, 2011 on Mountain Avenue in the Del Rosa area. Officials say a 2001 Toyota Sequoia made a left turn in front of Adams’ southbound 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle. Adams was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. It is unclear if the driver of the SUV was cited for the fatal crash.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Carlos James Adams following this tragic motorcycle accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 69 were injured in San Bernardino motorcycle accidents. During that same year, 34 fatalities and 532 injuries occurred involving San Bernardino County motorcycle accidents.

The Law Relating to Left Turns

Based on this news report report, the driver of the Toyota SUV turned left in front of the 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.”

Liability Issues

I trust officials are looking into why the driver of the SUV turned in front of the motorcycle. Was he or she impaired, distracted, or otherwise negligent at the time. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Adams’ wrongful death. A skilled San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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