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California motorcycle rider killed in Los Angeles County

Just recently, a rider from La Puente in Los Angeles County was killed when a vehicle turned directly in front of the motorcycle. The accident occurred at the intersection of Fullerton Road and Arenth Avenue in Industry, about 30 miles northeast of Long Beach. Apparently, the motorcycle rider died at the scene of the crash.

The motorcycle accident remains under investigation, and apparently the driver of the vehicle that is reported to have cut the motorcycle rider off is cooperating with authorities. Also, no arrests have yet to have been made concerning this accident.

Given what little information that we have about this accident, it's difficult to make a determination as to who is at fault. There could be much more to this particular story that remains unreported. Was either the driver of the car or the motorcycle rider going too fast? Was there clear visibility at the time of the accident? Was the operator of the vehicle using a cell phone at the time? These and other questions will need to be addressed.

Every accident is singular, and all of the facts of the accident need to be revealed before a determination of the accident's cause can be made. Families of motorcycle riders killed in these sorts of crashes will often retain attorneys so that at least an accurate determination of how the accident occurred can be made.

Likely, there is a higher rate of highway fatalities for motorcycle riders than there is for most other vehicle operators. This is not the same as suggesting this fatality rate is due to carelessness on the part of the motorcycle operator. Too often, drivers of cars and trucks simply have not paid adequate attention to the presence of motorcycles on the road.

Source: SGV Tribune, "La Puente man killed in Industry motorcycle crash identified," by Brian Day, Dec. 30, 2012

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