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Authorities identify victim of fatal accident in California

In the early morning hours as people commute to work or otherwise travel from place to place, it is easy for drivers to become complacent. Lost in thought, drivers might fail to fully check for traffic around them as they change lanes or perform other traffic maneuvers, resulting in serious harm. Unfortunately, the victim of a fatal accident in California has recently been identified by authorities.

The incident happened just before 6 a.m. on a day in early August. Reports indicate that the 50-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle when the driver of a sedan made a sudden lane change into the path of the motorcyclist. The two collided, and the motorcyclist was thrown onto the shoulder of the road.

California police investigate fatal accident

There are many legal ways to maneuver on California roadways as long as certain precautions are taken. For example, a U-turn might be legal, but only if the driver determines that the way is clear if there is no traffic light. Because motorcycles are more difficult to see in comparison to traditional motor vehicles, a motorist attempting such a turn must ensure that there are none in the area. Unfortunately, police are currently investigating a fatal accident involving a sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle.

The accident happened early one morning on a day in August. According to reports, the driver of an SUV made a U-turn that police reports indicate was legal. Unfortunately, a motorcycle slammed into the back of it, killing the 32-year-old man operating the motorcycle.

Safety tips for motorcyclists

Even though it may seem that summer is almost over, we still have over a month and a half until the fall equinox, which means more warm weather, and with it, more bikers on roads and highways. As both experienced and novel riders know, safety is paramount when riding, as a small mistake can be costly—even deadly.

With that in mind, here are some safety tips aimed at motorcycle riders. Most are common sense. However, even riders with decades of experience can use a refresher on taking basic safety precautions. 

Inattentive driving can be deadly to California motorcyclists

This post will give some of the background according to research on motorcycle accidents. How many happen in this country? How many people get injured and killed in motorcycle accidents on U.S. roadways? Who are the victims? Why are the crashes happening?

It is a lot to cover, but this is an important topic, particularly in California. Mild weather generally means there are more men and women enjoying motorcycling in an area. That leads to the greater chance of motorcycle accidents here in Orange County and surrounding areas. The personal injury lawyers at A.G. Assanti & Associates have seen first-hand how California's negligent drivers cause significant devastation to motorcyclists.

Bicycle accidents: Charges filed against California motorcyclist

The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol are well-known. Despite the many public service campaigns aimed at informing the public about the potential harm drunk drivers can cause, incidents of drunk driving continue to occur. Unfortunately, drunk drivers riding on a road with bike paths used by cyclists in California could easily lead to serious bicycle accidents with multiple victims.

Reports indicate that such is the case regarding a recent incident. The reports claim that several members of a bicycle club were going on a long ride on a road with bicycle lanes on either side. The cyclists were reportedly on the right shoulder when a motorcycle driven by a 63-year-old man drove into the crowd of cyclists, striking the three leaders.

California motorcycle accidents: Cyclist airlifted after crash

Because of California's climate, motorcyclists are often on the roadways. Since their size may make them more difficult to see, other motorists may need to take extra precautions to help avoid motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, one man was recently injured in a crash.

According to reports, a driver was attempting to exit the parking lot of a shopping center. Unfortunately, he reportedly did not see an oncoming motorcyclist. Reports indicate that the motorcycle attempted to avoid a collision by laying the motorcycle on its side and locking his brakes.

Lane Sharing Isn’t Illegal

Some drivers may not like it, but lane splitting is not against the law in California. Lane sharing is when a motorcyclist moves between lanes when flowing in the same direction as the rest of traffic. It most often happens when traffic is slow or stopped, and motorcyclists have enough room to keep moving forward between cars.

Legal but potentially risky

Jail, probation follow fatal accident in California

When a loved one is killed in a preventable accident, surviving family members -- understandably -- want justice. While most people assume that justice will come through the criminal justice system, many families are unsatisfied with the outcome. Fortunately, those who lost a loved one in a fatal accident in California have the option of seeking justice in a civil court.

One family may be choosing whether to take such action after they lost their family member in a fatal motorcycle accident last year. According to reports, a 22-year-old man was riding his motorcycle on a California roadway. Police claim that although an oncoming driver stopped before attempting a left turn, he failed to see the motorcycle and turned into its path.

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