Motorcycles are everywhere in California. They are easy to see, even if they seem to sneak up next to other motor vehicles, when they are cruising alongside traffic jams in Southern California. The narrow profile of two-wheeled vehicles, however, can make them prone to collisions when other drivers cannot see them.
Specific conditions make motorcycle collisions especially likely, such as high speeds on multi-lane highways and freeways or areas with hidden turns. Keeping an eye out for motorcycles and bicycles is very important, as even a minor collision could cause grievous injury or death to any riders on the unprotected vehicles.
A 63-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car near John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa recently. An investigation by the Costa Mesa police is pending, and an initial observation shows that the motorcycle was hit on the right side, possibly as the car turned left from an intersecting roadway.
The 24-year-old driver of the car was not injured in the collision and stayed at the scene of the accident. Authorities say that he cooperated with them as the investigation began. This is a vital step in avoiding any or additional criminal charges in the unfortunate case of an accident.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers who are injured in collisions with cars or trucks — as well as the survivors of those killed on bikes — have the right under California law to seek financial damages related to the accident. An attorney may help victims and their families judge liability and seek reimbursement for medical expenses or compensation for pain and suffering.
Source: Orange County Register, “Motorcyclist killed in Costa Mesa crash,” Scott Schwebke, Dec. 20, 2017