A 53-year-old Lancaster, California, man lost his life in a motorcycle crash along the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles county in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The Sylmar-area accident, which involved the decedent’s motorcycle and a truck, was first reported to police at 4:24 a.m. that morning.
According to witness reports taken at the scene of the crash, the decedent had been traveling along southbound Freeway 5, just a short distance south of the Freeway 215. It’s soon after the man had passed the freeway’s intersection with Roxford Street that he came upon a Toyota T100.
The driver of that pickup had previously made contact with the freeway’s center divider just minutes before and was still stretched across its carpool lane. Moments later, the motorcyclist made contact with the pickup.
By the time that an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department had arrived at the scene of the crash six minutes later at 4:30 a.m., the motorcyclist was unresponsive. By 4:40, he had been pronounced dead.
Crash scene investigators ultimately determined that two factors appeared to be responsible for causing the fatal crash. One one hand, they noted it was dark outside. They determined that, aside from the darkness, the fact that the truck was turned sideways without any lights illuminated on it made it difficult for the motorcyclist to see it.
In the case of motor vehicle accidents like this, if it can be proven that someone else’s negligence resulted in an individual’s death, then it may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the case. In filing a legal case such as this, the decedent’s loved ones may be able to wage a claim for the reimbursement of medical expenses, funeral costs and future wages.
You may wish to discuss the details of the crash your loved one was involved in with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney. In doing so, you will be able to gain a better understanding as to whether negligence is clear enough in your case to file a wrongful death claim.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “Pierce and Valley College employee dies in motorcycle crash on 5 Freeway,” Wes Woods, Aug. 29, 2017