A 22-year-old young man from San Jacinto, Thomas Llamas, was recently killed in a Perris motorcycle accident. According to The Press-Enterprise, the Perris accident occurred at the intersection of Rider Street and Wilson Avenue, when a sedan made a left turn as Llamas was traveling straight through the intersection.
Llamas struck the passenger side of the vehicle. He was immediately taken to the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, but passed away shortly after his arrival. The driver of the sedan was not injured in the accident and was not arrested. The police are still trying to determine what caused the accident, but drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been involved.
Unfortunately, fatalities from motorcycle accidents nationwide have more than doubled over the past 15 years. Motorcycles can be an especially appealing mode of transportation in Southern California due to the beautiful weather and heavily trafficked roads, but this can mean there is even more danger for motorcyclists. A report from earlier this year showed that in 2016, “566 motorcyclists were killed in California — an 11 percent increase from 494 deaths in 2015…that doesn’t include the 14,400 motorcyclists injured.” California also ranks in the top 15 of the 50 states for motorcycle fatalities.
These statistics demonstrate how dangerous it can be for motorcyclists on California roads, and it is important for motorcyclists to always use caution when riding. There are many possible causes for these California motorcycle accidents, specifically this Perris motorcycle accident, which is important to determine to show who is at fault for the accident. One cause, which occurs far too frequently in motorcycle accidents, is that the driver of the sedan simply did not see the motorcycle coming and made the left turn in front of the motorcycle, causing the deadly accident. If this was the case, the driver of the car would be responsible for wrongful death damages for this motorcycle accident. The family of the victim could bring a wrongful death claim against the driver to recover these damages.
However, often, the driver of the car attempts to blame the motorcycle driver for causing the accident by claiming the motorcyclist was speeding or driving recklessly. To avoid incorrect blame and properly determine fault, it is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation on the incident. A skilled California wrongful death attorney can assist in this process by looking into the specific facts of the accident to see if a wrongful death claim can be made against any potentially responsible parties.
If you have lost someone you love in a Southern California motorcycle accident, due to the fault of another, contact the experienced Motorcycle accident attorneys at Walch Law. Our attorneys have years of experience handling these types of cases, from investigating and identifying fault and damages, to seeing the claim through to the end. We will do our best to get you the financial recovery you deserve as a result of your loss. We offer a free consultation to anyone in this situation—Contact us online or call us today at 866-465-8792.