Juan Garcia Zavala, 24, of Canyon Country died in a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident on Sept. 25 after his vehicle collided with a dump truck, The Signal reports. Zavala’s 2004 Yamaha motorcycle reportedly crashed into the dump truck as its driver, 55-year-old Misak Vardanyan of Van Nuys, pulled his1983 Peterbilt truck and trailer out of a driveway on Kelly Johnson Parkway.
Los Angeles County firefighters pronounced Zavala dead on the scene. Vardanyan did not suffer any injuries as a result of the crash. He was not cited or arrested. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s detectives at 661-799-5111.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Juan Garcia Zavala for their tragic loss.
Going by this news report, it appears that the driver of the dump truck caused this collision. I’d bet Vardanyan was not paying attention to the traffic and probably did not see Zavala on his motorcycle. It is an unfortunate but common occurrence, especially in motorcycle accidents. I trust the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department will investigate this accident and hold whoever is responsible fully accountable.
The family of Juan Garcia Zavala should be consulting with a reputed Southern California motorcycle accident attorney. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident by questioning eyewitnesses and examining a variety of factors that could have played a role in this accident. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into whether a dangerous roadway condition existed. A government agency with jurisdiction over any such dangerous roadway that contributed to the accident could be held responsible. Any claim against a government agency in California must be filed within six months of the accident.
If an investigation determines that the truck driver was at fault then both he and his employer could be held responsible for the fatal accident. Zavala’s family could be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, emotional distress and loss of future earnings, if appropriate.