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Road construction may be factor in fatal motorcycle crash

Few Los Angeles residents may remember a time when traffic was not a constant issue on Southern California roadways. These days, LA commuters can largely expect to sit still on any given Freeway during rush hour, and it’s not unheard of for a once 15-minute drive to take two hours. The issue is getting so bad, in fact, that taking to the road in the middle of the night does not necessarily ensure that drivers will not face traffic and/or other road hazards. Sadly, one fatal motorcycle accident may have been the result underestimating highway conditions after dark.

Given that Los Angeles freeways are congested at almost any time of day now, it has become customary to perform many maintenance and construction projects in the late-night hours. Doing so, however, presents unique challenges and dangers to motorists, since visibility only decreases after sunset. While investigators had yet to confirm an exact cause for the accident, poor visibility may have played a role in a fatal motorcycle crash involving a construction vehicle on the 405 Freeway.

The motorcycle involved in the incident allegedly rear-ended a construction vehicle, resulting in the death of the motorcycle driver. No word was provided on whether or not the driver of the construction vehicle sustained injuries in the accident, or whether they were in their vehicle at the time.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of a recent weekday, and caused lane closures for several hours to conduct a crash investigation and contend with an unrelated brush fire in the area.

Source: nbclosangeles.com, “Motorcyclist Killed in 405 Freeway Crash,” Jonathan Lloyd, Jan. 22, 2014

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