A 61-year-old man was killed in a Victorville motorcycle accident. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the fatal collision occurred the morning of June 16, 2016 at the intersection of Palmdale and Del Gado roads. Police said a maroon SUV was traveling west on Palmdale while the motorcycle was headed east. The SUV attempted to make a left turn onto Del Gado when it collided with the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles or injuries were reported. A man was taken into custody at the scene, but officials have not said if alcohol or drugs were factors. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest sympathies to the family of this deceased motorcyclist. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
One person died and 23 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Victorville, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Bernardino County as a whole, 32 fatalities and 525 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle collisions during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV made a left turn at the intersection, striking and fatally injuring the oncoming motorcyclist. Under the law, motorists are required to yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles, including motorcycles, before making a left turn or a U-Turn.
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.”
Fault and Liability
We trust officials in this case are looking into why the driver did not yield the right of way. Was he under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was he distracted or inattentive? Was he driving at an excessive rate of speed? If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault or reckless, in addition to criminal charges, he could also be held civilly liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. An experienced San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.