A motorcyclist injured during a recent crash in La Mirada died from his injuries at an Irvine hospital, one of the thousands of motorcyclists killed nationally and hundreds killed just in California. Continue reading for more about the accident and the increasingly dangerous trend of motorcycle accidents, and contact a seasoned Southern California motorcycle accident attorney with any questions or if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident.
La Mirada resident killed in motorcycle crash
A 61-year-old La Mirada man was riding a motorcycle southbound along Valley View Avenue when he collided with a car exiting a McDonald’s parking lot at the intersection with Rosecrans Ave. The accident occurred around 1pm on a recent Thursday. The motorcyclist lost control after hitting the car, continuing along Valley View Avenue and veering over the median, before hitting a curb and ultimately lunging into a light pole. He was thrown from his motorcycle. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for blunt force trauma to the head, eventually passing at 4:14 p.m. No charges were filed against the woman driving the car.
Motorcycle accidents have become increasingly prevalent in recent years
Motorcycles are notoriously dangerous at the best of times. Motorcycle accidents have been on a steady rise nationwide over the last two decades. From 1994 to 2016, motorcycle fatalities rose from 5.7 percent of the total traffic fatalities in the country to over 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths, despite the fact that motorcyclists represent only 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road.
California ranks among the most dangerous states in the country in terms of motorcycle injuries and fatalities. In 2016, 566 motorcyclists were killed in California, an increase of 11 percent from the 494 deaths in 2015. 14,440 motorcyclists were injured the same year. While there was a drop in fatalities in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the variance is in line with year-by-year volatility, not necessarily representative of a downward trend. The city of Los Angeles alone saw 48 motorcycle deaths and 1,778 motorcycle accident injuries in 2015.
California is the only state to allow motorcycle lane-splitting or lane-sharing by law. This can lead to accidents caused by the motorcyclists themselves or by unaware or negligent drivers.
If you have been hurt in a Southern California motorcycle accident, call Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP at 562-698-6446 for a free consultation with our experienced and successful personal injury attorneys.