March 21, 2014
A rider was killed yesterday in a crash which took place in Canyon Country, Los Angeles.
Supervisor Pittman of the Los Angeles County Fire Department says the incident occurred on Soledad Canyon Road around the intersection with Lost Canyon Road.
Officials from the local Sheriff's Station say the motorcyclist was riding east on Soledad Canyon Road around 7:30 pm when he rear-ended a car traveling the same direction as him.
The rider has been identified only as a 33-year-old male. The crash ejected him from the bike, and his subsequent injuries would prove fatal.
The crash was under investigation by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. According to them, no arrests have been made.
Officials say that there were a total of two injuries, one of which was the rider who died, despite medical attention.
It isn't entirely clear what caused this accident to happen, but we can make some speculations. Firstly, reports state that the motorcycle was traveling at a 'high rate of speed'. Though often ambiguous and over-stated, it should still be taken into consideration that possibly the rider was exceeding safe speeds for the current conditions. It's very possible that the rider was completely familiar with the area which created a sense of confidence in his riding, but it's also likely that the time of day played a role in this misfortune. Sunsets occur around the same time, causing many issues including the possibility that the driver of the car did not yet feel the need to turn on his headlights/taillights, or that the riders vision hadn't completely adjusted to the increasing dark.
Whatever the actual cause for the incident, it reminds us that we always need to be on-guard for changing conditions, whether it's other vehicles or the environment at large. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends of the downed rider, and beg our readers to please be careful out on the roads.