On July 22, the California Highway Patrol reported that a 49-year-old motorcycle rider was killed in an accident in Hanford. CHP did not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal motorcycle accident, which resulted when the motorcyclist collided with a 2009 Chevrolet.

The collision occurred at around 5:15 a.m. The motorcycle rider had been traveling westbound on Grangeville Boulevard, and the Chevy had been traveling eastbound on the same street. The 50-year-old driving the Chevy reportedly slowed down as he approached the intersection of Grangeville and 16th Avenue to make a left turn. However, the driver steered his Chevy right into the path of the motorcycle rider, who was unable to stop before striking the car.

Police say that the accident victim had applied his brakes prior to colliding with the right side of the Chevy. The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital with major injuries, but he died shortly after. Sources did not state whether the motorcycle rider had been wearing a helmet or whether the driver of the Chevy was facing any charges in connection with the fatal crash.

While automobiles may pose a risk to anyone, motorcycle riders have a higher chance of becoming the victims of a fatal accident. If a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle rider, he or she may be at a greater risk of being thrown from the bike. An attorney may discuss possible recovery options with victims of a motorcycle crash or the family members of a deceased biker.

Source: Hanford Sentinel, “Motorcyclist reported dead after early morning crash“, July 22, 2014