On December 16, 2022, a fatal motorcycle left-hand turn accident involving a motorcyclist occurred in Southeast Fresno. Let’s explore the details of the news with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.
At around 6:30 PM, a car was traveling east on Jensen Avenue and turned left, causing the motorcycle traveling westbound to smash into the vehicle.
The vehicle collision near Jensen and Armstrong avenues resulted in serious injuries to the motorcyclist. Officers from the Southeast Fresno Police Department arrived at the accident scene to find a man unresponsive on the road.
First responders immediately administered life-saving efforts, ultimately unsuccessful as the injuries were too severe and the motorcyclist did not make it. He died at the scene of the accident, resulting in a two-hour closure of Jensen Avenue.
Fresno police officers believe that there were no drugs or alcohol involved. The driver and passenger of the vehicle turning left stayed at the accident scene for police questioning.
Besides the little to no protection motorcycles offer, other risks can put a motorcyclist in harm’s way, and some of these include the following:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, left-hand turns contribute to 53% of all cross-path crashes. Traffic rules explain that drivers who want to make a left-hand turn must wait until there is no traffic or it is clear to do so to prevent any accidents involving vehicles coming from the opposite side.
In the “Motorcyclist killed in Southeast Fresno,” a preliminary investigation suggested that the vehicle traveling east collided with the motorcyclist driving west when the driver decided to make a left-hand turn.
It is crucial to conduct a proper investigation into why the driver turned left when an incoming motorcycle was traveling west. Perhaps, the driver was too distracted while behind the wheel and did not notice the motorcyclist, or they thought they could make the left turn without colliding with the motorcycle.
Suppose the investigations reveal that the driver was negligent. In that case, the surviving family members of the deceased motorcyclist may be able to bring a wrongful death action to recover compensation for their loss.
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.