Recent Events Taking the Life of a Young LAPD Officer
An off duty 24-year-old LAPD officer was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend and was reported to have died at the scene. The accident happened at around 4:30 p.m. at 234th Street and Western Avenue in Torrance on Saturday. Witness accounts report that the driver of an automobile was just about to turn on Western and struck the motorcyclist as the cyclist “t-boned” the car sustaining the fatal injuries.
Unfortunately, these types of auto versus motorcycle accidents happen too frequently. Many conditions dictate the right-of-way, however normally the oncoming vehicle or motorcycle that is not turning has the right of way. Vehicles turning left must yield to on-coming traffic.
Personal & Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Kenneth Marks
The Kenneth G. Marks Law Firm specializes in Personal Injury Cases, involving Motorcycles and Vehicles. Whether the injuries are major or small, their clients need and receive their full attention.
Although motorcycle accidents don’t occur more often than other types of accidents, they are much more likely to result in serious injury or death to the rider.
Statistics & Analysis
Recent statistics report that there are 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents.
Automobiles making left-hand turns and failing to yield to the oncoming motorcycles account for over 40% of all accidents involving cars and motorcycle riders. This situation has been termed the single most dangerous incident for motorcyclists. These events most often occur when a motorcycle is going straight through an intersection, or passing a vehicle.
These situations also happen between cars however the motorcycle’s smaller size affects its visibility to turning vehicles.
In a situation where a car strikes another car while making a left-hand turn, the turning car will most always be cited to be at fault. In a motorcycle versus car situation, if the motorcycle was speeding or in the incorrect lane, the motorcyclist could be found partly at fault.
In a Lane-splitting accident, when a motorcyclist suffers injuries or worse, much depends on the vehicle code allowing lane splitting within that state. Many other factors affect the at-fault judgment in a lane-splitting accident with a motorcycle, so it is extremely important to obtain professional guidance for this situation.
Dangers Facing Motorcyclists
Due to their size and driver-protection quotient, motorcyclists usually face more danger from road hazards more so than vehicles. Potholes, dead animals, slick pavement, gravel, and unevenness of the road can cause a serious threat for a motorcycle accident, much more than to automobiles.
Riders of super sport types of motorcycles face a death rate four times than that of the rider of a regular street-bike or cruiser.
Riders of motorcycles continue to be more susceptible to a fatal or serious accident on the road than are drivers of automobiles. An increase in safety could be realized by motorcycle riders to simply avoid taking risks, using extreme caution at intersections for the left turning automobile, and staying within the speed limit.
Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com