There will be no holiday celebrations this year for one motorcyclist killed in a wreck in Gardena on Dec. 17.
Officials report that the fatal accident involved a minivan and occurred shortly before 5:20 p.m., at the intersection of Purche Avenue and Rosecrans Boulevard. First responders included both Los Angeles County firefighters and police.
The initial investigation indicates that a Honda minivan was eastbound on Rosecrans carrying three occupants. The minivan attempted a turn north onto Purche, but collided with a westbound Triumph motorcycle, according to police.
The motorcyclist died at the scene. His remains were covered by a white sheet close to his helmet and red motorcycle. The driver of the minivan and two passengers were uninjured.
The investigation into the accident is being conducted by the Traffic Bureau of the police department.
Frequently, after a collision with a motorcycle, drivers are heard remarking, "I never even saw him (or her)!" While it may be harder to see a motorcycle than a car or truck, it is vital that motorists take the time to make sure the right of way is clear before making a lane change or turn. Many fatal accidents with motorcycle riders occur when a driver turns right in their path.
Even when motorcycle riders are wearing a helmet, serious injuries or death can result from a collision with a larger and heavier vehicle. Injured riders can find themselves left with permanent, disabling injuries that preclude their ever working again. Multiple surgeries may be necessary, with months or even years of rehabilitative services. The medical expenses can be prohibitive.
One way to offset the expense and hold the at-fault party liable is to file a claim for damages, or in the case of a fatality, having the survivors file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: KTLA, "Motorcycle Driver Killed in Collision With Minivan at Gardena Intersection," John A. Moreno, Dec. 17, 201