May 23, 2014
A woman was killed after her motorcycle crashed into another vehicle just before 1 am Saturday morning.
The victim has been identified only as a 40-year-old woman. She was riding in Gramercy Park at the 8900 block of South Western Avenue. At the time she was with a group who is described as being part of a local motorcycle club. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Wilson says that a car pulled out in front of her for a left turn while she was riding straight through an intersection, making a collision unavoidable.
According to Wilson, the accident occurred just after midnight. He also said that the victim was transported to a local hospital, where she died.
No other injuries were reported.
Part of what makes this story so outrageous, is that this incident occurred despite the victim traveling in a group of riders. Generally we expect some amount of safety in numbers. Extra visibility and extra noise leads us to believe that there is no way other drivers can’t see us coming, especially when they’re directly in front of us, facing our headlights. The tragedy of this story is that despite all the precautions in place, this rider was still laid to rest by an inattentive driver. It’s true that the number one cause for rider fatalities on our roads is other drivers turning into us – no small number of them being drivers who are actually facing us on the road.
We certainly cannot advise riders to reliably predict when a driver is about to pull out in front of them. Instead, the best advice we can give to riders is to act as if you’re invisible on the roads. With this tactic, you will never be surprised by the ineptitude of other drivers. The Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest condolences to the downed rider, and beg our readers to please be safe on the roads.