Turning vehicles are one of the biggest hazards that motorcyclists face on California's roads. Any time that two vehicles share the same lane -- at intersections, for instance, or when one vehicle is simply turning left across the other lane -- there's a serious risk of a crash. That's more serious for a motorcycle rider with his or her limited protection.
That danger was made very clear by a recent fatal motorcycle crash in California. It happened in La Jolla, though the motorcycle rider was later identified as a man from San Diego.
Per a report from the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office and the local news, the man had been going north on Gilman Drive, in the 8000-block. He was apparently using the bicycle lane, staying near the side of the road. That's when an SUV attempted to make a turn, and the larger vehicle collided with the motorcycle.
The San Diego Police Department later noted that it was right around 7:50 a.m. when the accident took place and that the vehicles were roughly a half of a mile away from the University of California San Diego. The SUV's driver did not suffer any injuries in the accident, but the motorcyclist had "critical blunt force injuries."
Paramedics arrived on the scene and worked hard to revive the man, eventually taking him to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Tragically, he never became consciousness again after the crash, and he soon passed away from his injuries.
Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident? If so, you may want to look into your rights to financial compensation.