A 34-year-old Fountain Valley man was killed in a Santa Ana motorcycle accident after he collided with an SUV as it was pulling out of a driveway. According to a report in The Orange County Register, fire officials arrived at the scene the morning of Aug. 18 and pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene. The man was heading west on First Street and broadsided the SUV in the 4800 block of West First Street as it was pulling out of a residential driveway. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene. Officials don't believe alcohol or drugs played a part. The investigation is ongoing.
Right of Way and Motorcycle Accidents
A number of motorcycle accidents occur because other vehicles fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. Here are some of the most common scenarios in which motorcycle accidents occur:
Exiting a driveway: If you are pulling out of a driveway or turning into one, you must always yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles including motorcyclists. This is the case whether it is a residential driveway or commercial parking lot. Motorcyclists and bicyclists are rather vulnerable to these types of collisions and they could be deadly, as was the case in the Santa Ana motorcycle accident.
Making a left turn: This is the most common type of motorcycle accident that occurs at street intersections. When motorists make a left turn without a protected green arrow and strike an oncoming vehicle, that is a violation of the law and they could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. In an uncontrolled street intersection, anyone making a left turn must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and wait for the way to be clear before making a left turn.
Making a right turn: It is legal to make a right turn on red at many intersections. You can do so unless there is a sign that you cannot make a right turn on red. When you make such a turn, you must, however, yield the right of way to any other car proceeding through the intersection with a green light. This includes vehicles traveling forward and those making a legal left turn on a solid green. Vehicles moving on a green light have right of way over a car making a right turn on red.
Lane merging: Whether it is a lane that is ending or a freeway acceleration lane merging into traffic, any vehicle entering the flow of traffic must yield the right of way to vehicles that are already moving in a forward position. If you are traveling in a forward direction, you have right of way over anyone who is merging into your lane.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be looking at mounting medical expenses, loss of income and other spiraling costs. It would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.