A 68-year-old man identified as Timothy Stirton was killed after a fatal motorcycle accident in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles on Thursday morning, June 18th.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at around 10:35 a.m. The victim was riding his motorized scooter when he was suddenly hit by a speeding SUV Ford Explorer at Silver Lake Boulevard and Effie Street.
The driver of the SUV was identified as a 70-year-old woman. The woman told the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that she attempted to slow down before striking the victim, but her vehicle started to accelerate instead.
The driver drove on the wrong side of the street in an attempt to avoid rear-ending another vehicle, then got back on the right side of the road and ran a red light, hitting Stirton’s motor scooter in the process. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver of the SUV and the victim were both injured in the crash.
Fatal Crash Investigation is Underway
The LAPD is now attempting to determine the cause of the accident through the official investigation.
According to the data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 16 times more at risk of injury and 35 times more at risk of facing fatal crashes in comparison to a passenger of a private vehicle. This is because motorcycle riders are less protected from the dangers on the road in comparison with a passenger of a private car. Motorcycle riders are also at greater risk of sustaining fatal injuries that could lead to paralysis and death.
All riders are required by law (in most states) to wear a helmet and are encouraged to dress appropriately during their motorcycles. It is proven that helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths. Distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, bad weather, wrong-way driving, and failure to observe traffic laws are just some of the common factors why motorcycle accidents occur.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents to conduct an independent probe. Attorneys can utilize their resources to re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the liable party.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims Of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal motorcycle accident can be devastating. The victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help while waiting for the results of the official investigation. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the tragic accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. They will ensure that their client’s rights and best interests are protected while making sure that the liable party will be held accountable for their actions.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death or injury of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you at your home or office.