The mild year-round temperatures coupled with the beautiful scenery of the Santa Monica area make it popular among motorcycle enthusiasts. However, the curving and treacherous roads in the area also make it a dangerous area for both motorcyclists and other drivers. A 64-year-old man was recently killed when he was hit by a car near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
According to the police report, the 64-year-old motorcyclist was traveling behind a 24-year-old man who was driving a car when he attempted to pass the vehicle. As he pulled out into the oncoming traffic lane to pass the car, the driver of the car made a left-hand turn and hit the motorcycle. Upon impact, the 64-year-old motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle. He suffered numerous and serious injuries including a broken neck and head trauma. He was subsequently pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
In this fatal motorcycle accident, the 64-year-old motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. The state of California has had a mandatory motorcycle helmet law since 1992. According to the law, "it is unlawful to operate a motorcycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet." With no steel crash protection frame or airbags, a helmet is one of the only and most effective ways a motorcyclist can protect themselves if involved in a motor vehicle accident.
In this accident it’s not clear whether the 24-year-old driver had engaged his left turn signal prior to the motorcyclist attempting to pass. Depending on the circumstances, individuals who were injured or who had a family member killed in a motorcycle accident may choose to take legal action. A personal injury attorney can answer questions and help ensure those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident receive compensation.
Source: Westsidetoday.com, "Collision Kills Santa Monica Motorcyclist," May 25, 2014Bikers Rights, "Mandatory Helmet Law, State of California," 2014