Mario Dudley, 39, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that made a left turn in front of him, the night of April 19, 2010. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, Dudley was westbound on Bear Valley Road when a truck driven by Edward Munoz, traveling in the opposite lane, turned left directly into the motorcycle’s path. Munoz was apparently attempting to make a left turn from Bear Valley on to Cantina Drive, in Victorville. Dudley was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after the collision. Anyone who witnessed this fatal motorcycle crash is asked to contact San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies at 760-241-2911.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mario Dudley for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and five injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Victorville. In San Bernardino County as a whole, motorcycle accidents claimed 34 lives and caused 532 injuries during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this newspaper report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck, Munoz, may have failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a): “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 extremely important in such cases to determine who had the right-of-way. In this case, I trust investigators are also looking into whether Munoz had run a red light at the intersection, or was driving under the influence, distracted, or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision.
Dudley’s family members would be well-advised to consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of this case and make sure the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. If there was a dangerous condition on this roadway or at this intersection, which caused or contributed to this accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for its maintenance could also be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
Do you feel safe riding on our roadways? What are the main dangers you face, from other vehicles on the roadway, as a motorcyclist?
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