Daniel Bogan, 57, was killed in a Riverside car accident when a car struck his motorcycle. According to a report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Florida Avenue in Valle Vista, an unincorporated area near Hemet the afternoon of May 22, 2011.

Bogan’s 2005 Harley Davidson was hit by a Toyota Corolla driven by 22-year-old Raymond Barrajas, which turned left in front of the motorcycle. Barrajas was driving the Toyota west on Florida and made a left turn across the eastbound lanes in order to enter a private driveway. Officials determined that Barrajas failed to yield right-of-way to the oncoming motorcycle.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Daniel Bogan. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic motorcycle accident.

Riverside Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 18 people were killed and 241 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. During that same year, 32 fatalities and 581 injuries occurred involving Riverside County motorcycle accidents.

Unsafe Left Turn

Based on this news report, it appears that this fatal motorcycle accident was caused by an unsafe left turn. Motorists turning left are required under the law to yield right-of-way to approaching vehicles. California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”

Liability Issues

If Barrajas is determined to have been at fault, then, he could be held liable for Bogan’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of future income, benefits, loss of companionship and other related damages. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims’ families in such cases about pursuing their legal rights and options.

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