January 10, 2014

A rider died on Tuesday from the injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash earlier in the day.

The 23-year-old man, recently identified as Dustin Courtney of Anaheim, was rushed to the hospital after a crash that occurred around 7 am at the intersection of Skypark Drive and Garnier Street.

Torrance Police Lieutenant Stephen D'anjou detailed that Courtney was riding his 2005 Yamaha R1 west on Skypark when he collided with a Camry, which was driven by an unidentified 59-year-old woman that was turning left from eastbound Skypark Drive onto Garnier Street.

The woman was also taken to the hospital but with only minor injuries.

Further details on the accident were not given, leaving the circumstances of the fatal crash up for speculation.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the incident call the police traffic division at 310-618-5557.

This scenario is essentially the most common cause of motorcycle fatalities. In 2008, 41 percent of all motorcycle fatalities involved a car turning left into a motorcycle going straight. This information is troubling for many reasons, one of them is, if drivers can't see you when you're coming towards them with lights on, how often are the going to see us when we're behind or to the side of them? The answer is that as a rider, one of the best ways to insure your own safety is to ride as if you're invisible. Yes, hopefully drivers will see you, but considering that your life depends on it, it's best to ride with the assumption that they won't. We have all experienced of drivers merging into us, it is one we're most prepared for as riders. We should equally prepare for drivers to pull in front of us as well. Leave extra space and have a contingency plan when pulling towards a latent vehicle. Make the question of "if it pulls out, where will I go?" an autonomic one when riding the streets.

But when it comes to the story at hand, the Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw can only offer our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy. We urge our readers to please be careful on the roadways because take it from us, everything can change without any warning at all.