A motorcyclist died after his bike crashed and sent him onto the Harbor (110) Freeway in Los Angeles. The motorcyclist was a 53-year-old Compton man. The accident occurred when the man had reached an offramp with his motorcycle at about 11:15 one recent night. A preliminary California Highway Patrol report found that the motorcycle accident happened when man veered left and struck a curb.
The accident was more complex than the collision with the curb, however. The man flew off his bike as a result of the impact. He ended up in traffic, where several vehicles hit him. His body came to rest on the shoulder of the offramp, and he died at the scene.
One of the vehicles that hit the man also hit a guardrail, according to the patrol. The driver of the vehicle that hit a guardrail then fled. Officers found him and arrested him for suspected felony hit-and-run.
Two lanes of the freeway and the offramp were closed for several hours, and the highway patrol continues to investigate.
Motorcycle accidents are especially likely to be fatal because riders have less protection in a collision than other vehicles do. The driver of a passenger vehicle has the protection of a steel vehicle frame, a seat belt, air bags and other safety equipment in the event of a collision, but a motorcyclist typically has sturdy clothing and a helmet for protection in an accident. This fact makes it especially important for all drivers to watch out for motorcyclists on the freeways.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "Fatal motorcycle crash temporarily shuts down 110 Freeway in central Los Angeles," City News Service, Aug. 6, 2013