Motorcyclists are subject to a greater range of dangers on Los Angeles roadways. In particular, motorcyclists have little protection to shield them in the event of a crash. Car accidents often put motorcyclists in the hospital, leaving them with serious medical bills and other expenses.
Last weekend, a four-vehicle crash occurred that left one person dead and put three others in the hospital. The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon in Palmdale, California.
The crash involved three motorcycles and a car. Apparently, the 19-year-old driver of the car struck the three motorcycles at an intersection. One of the riders, a 58-year-old Oxnard man, was killed immediately. Three other riders were critically injured; they were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital.
Police say drug use may have contributed to the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old driver may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. He has since been charged with DUI and is currently being held on $50,000 bail.
Police say the crash is still under investigation; more details may emerge in the future. At first glance, however, it appears to be a story that has been told many times before. DUI accidents are, tragically, a common occurrence on American roadways.
Drugs and alcohol seriously inhibit a driver's abilities, critically endangering the safety of other drivers. When an accident does occur, those drivers are often seriously injured, leaving victims and their loved ones with heavy medical bills. In many cases, those victims seek compensation for their injuries in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.
KCAL 9 NEWS, "1 Dead, 3 Critically Injured In Palmdale Crash Between 3 Motorcyclists, Alleged DUI Driver" No Author Given, Oct. 20, 2013