The excellent weather and beautiful scenery make Orange County a favorite place to ride for California motorcyclists. It does not take more than a couple of seconds for a pleasant ride to turn into a fatal motorcycle crash or a motorcycle accident with catastrophic injuries.
A distracted driver whose attention drifts for a moment or the failure to yield the right of way to an oncoming motorcyclist is all it takes to cause a motorcycle collision. For example, a motorist driving a pickup truck made a U-turn into the path of two oncoming motorcycles. Both riders were left with no way to avoid a collision and slammed into the side of the pickup.
The motorcycle collision sent one rider to the hospital with serious injuries. The second rider, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Even though the driver of the pickup truck crossed a set of double yellow lines to execute his turn, police at the scene did not issue any traffic tickets or file any criminal charges. The police investigation is, however, continuing as they try to determine exactly what took place.
Motorists who violate the rules of the road and the traffic laws might be subjected to liability for damages suffered by a motorcycle accident victim. When a fatal motorcycle crash is involved, a negligent driver might be responsible for the payment of compensation to the victim’s family.
An Orange County personal injury attorney might be a good source of guidance for a motorcycle accident victim who wants information about pursuing a claim for damages against a negligent driver. The attorney could also advise the family of the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash about their rights regarding a wrongful death claim.
Source: Orange County Register, “Update: Pomona man identified as motorcyclist killed in Brea,” Louis Casiano Jr. and Alyssa Duranty, Aug 26, 2015