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Trabuco Canyon Motorcycle Accident Caused by Dangerous Roadway


Marc Anthony Daneo, 48, died in a Trabuco Canyon motorcycle accident on Sept. 21 after he lost control of his Harley Davidson and struck a tree on Live Oak Canyon Road.
According to an article in The Orange County Register, Daneo, a Lake Forest resident, is not the first motorcycle rider to suffer fatal injuries on this roadway. Apparently, the narrow road is filled with memorials for people who have lost their lives in various auto accidents along the scenic, yet dangerous Orange County roadway.

Daneo was reportedly riding a Harley Davidson south on Live Oak Canyon when, for some unknown reason, he lost control of his motorcycle. Daneo went down with his Harley, slid along the roadway and hit a tree on the right shoulder of the road. The spot where Daneo lost control of his Harley on Live Oak Canyon, just south of Shelter Canyon Road was known to be particularly treacherous.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Marc Anthony Daneo and the families of other motorists who have suffered tragic losses as a result of this dangerous roadway.

It is still too early for investigators to determine what made Daneo lose control of his Harley Davidson. They don’t know yet if Daneo was speeding on the road where the speed limit is 35 mph. Although California Highway Patrol officials say they monitor speed on Live Oak Canyon, the fatal accidents continue to happen. CHP officials say three people died in fatal collisions along Live Oak Canyon in 2007. That number could be even higher this year, judging by the number of makeshift memorials on that roadway.

I urge the family of Marc Anthony Daneo to consult with a reputed Orange County motorcycle accident attorney who can help them determine what caused this accident and who could be held responsible for it. An experienced auto accident lawyer will take into account a variety of factors including examining the Harley for product defects, mechanical malfunctions and other evidence, which will help pinpoint the cause. The attorney should also determine if there was a dangerous road condition on Live Oak Canyon Road, which contributed to this motorcycle accident.

The governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for this motorcycle accident and/or other recent auto accidents that occurred on this roadway if they had prior knowledge of any roadway defects. Please remember that in California, a claim against any governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident.

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